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  • Ernest Istook Runs Circles Around Exasperated Ed Schultz

    Poor Ed (shot my dog, beat my wife) Schultz. See below for transcript of this hilarious exchange when Ed is talked right into circles on his "massive" MSNBC audience...
  • Heritage's Ernest Istook Again Runs Circles Around Exasperated Ed Schultz

    03/30/2010 12:14:24 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 18 replies · 1,703+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/29/10 | Jack Coleman
    Don't expect Ed Schultz to invite Ernest Istook back on his MSNBC show any time soon. As was the case back in November, the former congressman and distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation deftly engaged a hapless Schultz, to the point that Schultz this past Wednesday actually apologized to his audience because "this was not the way this interview was supposed to go." And Schultz had it all mapped out! Keeping tabs on left-wing media usually provides all the appeal of a re-education camp, but the slog does have its moments. This was one of them, from "The Ed Show"...
  • Judge declares mistrial in Abramoff-related case

    10/15/2009 2:50:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 283+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/09 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON – A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of a former lobbyist caught up in the Jack Abramoff affair, the biggest setback in the government's long-running prosecution of the influence-peddling scandal. The jury deadlocked over allegations that Kevin Ring lavished thousands of dollars worth of tickets and meals on employees of then-Republican Reps. John Doolittle of California and Ernest Istook of Oklahoma and on Justice Department officials in return for congressional appropriations and other assistance for Abramoff's clients. The panel of seven women and five men also was unable to reach a verdict on another count, on...
  • Show Us the Money

    02/15/2009 8:38:33 PM PST · by Ungarisch · 16 replies · 1,278+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/12/2009 | Ernest Istook
    With all eyes focused on how the Pelosi-Reid-Obama “stimulus” plan spends money, there’s been less attention paid to where government will get the money -- and with what consequences. It must come out of someone’s pocket. The decision by “stimulus” sponsors? Borrow the money, mostly from foreign economies. America already borrows heavily from other countries -- especially the Chinese. But we should remember that whoever pays the piper gets to call the tune. * * * Those who have maxed out their credit cards know that it worsens your credit rating, generating higher interest rates or even a total cutoff....
  • Obama-Pelosi Plan Would Create Thirty-Two Government Programs

    01/28/2009 8:18:30 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 18 replies · 870+ views
    Human Events ^ | January.28, 2009 | Ernest Istook
    The proposed Obama-Pelosi “economic stimulus” would end the era of merely big government and replace it with leviathan government. "It'll never go away," says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), calling the plan "a permanent increase at a time when we are in the worst financial shape we've ever been in." He adds, "None of this is going to stimulate anything." However, President Barack Obama says size doesn’t matter. As he said at his inaugural, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” We should also ask whether it’s Constitutional,...
  • Hot air about wind power : Why Mayor Bloomberg's idea won't work.

    08/21/2008 3:40:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 172+ views
    WorldnetDaily ^ | August 21, 2008 | Earnest Istook
    The visuals are terrific. Imagine the Empire State Building with a windmill on top rather than King Kong. That's how the New York Post depicted Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest idea. Another illustrator adorned the Brooklyn Bridge with windmills atop its towers. It's all because Bloomberg proposed that the Big Apple should blossom with windmills to provide at least one-tenth of its power. What if his idea caught on? Why not mandate that every building taller than a few stories sport a rooftop windmill? We could include the Washington Monument. And every TV and radio antenna. And every hilltop and mountain,...
  • Former GOP Staff Member Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge [Abramoff link]

    06/02/2008 7:46:11 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 11 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 3, 2008 | Del Quentin Wilber and Carrie Johnson
    The chief of staff to a former senior member of the House Appropriations Committee pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to commit fraud, becoming the latest casualty of the scandal centered on disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. John C. Albaugh admitted to accepting gifts -- including tickets to sporting events, concerts by groups such as the Wiggles and a Disney on Ice show -- in exchange for helping lobbyists and their clients, according to prosecutors. Albaugh is scheduled to be sentenced in September. He faces as much as two years in prison and has agreed to become a cooperating witness under...
  • The Danger in Appeasing Gay Rights Activists

    05/16/2008 6:40:17 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 9 replies · 99+ views
    Human Events ^ | 05/16/2008 | Ernest Istook
    The law was just a plaything to California’s Supreme Court, and the justices twisted logic into a pretzel as they legalized same-sex marriage by judicial fiat. The court also exposed the danger created by wishy-washy lawmakers who push “civil unions” or “domestic partnerships” as a supposed middle-ground compromise. That actually is a deadly policy of appeasement. It was the very existence of such laws that the justices used to justify this outrageous decision. By trying to appease homosexual rights activists, those who have refused to stand up for traditional marriage helped to create this court ruling. They are the Neville...
  • Congress Will Send Billions to Tax Cheaters

    02/04/2008 7:49:05 AM PST · by ZGuy · 8 replies · 155+ views
    Human Events ^ | 02/04/2008 | Ernest Istook
    Cheaters never win? They’ll win billions from the “economic stimulus” package that’s rushing through Congress. Over five million people who file phony tax returns can expect to receive at least $300 each (and probably more) in checks from the U.S. Treasury. The claimed purpose is to put money in people’s hands so they’ll spend it and boost the economy. Many in Washington don’t seem to care which of those hands are dirty. There’s another purpose, too: It’s political stimulus, to buy voter support in this fall’s elections. Even these millions of tax cheaters might vote to keep those in office...
  • Istook aide to cooperate with inquiry

    10/06/2006 5:48:26 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 47 replies · 1,495+ views
    The Oklahoman ^ | 10/06/2006 | Nolan Clay and Michael McNutt
    A former congressional page is willing to talk to the FBI and the U.S. House Ethics Committee about former Rep. Mark Foley, his attorney said Thursday. He will answer fully and truthfully any questions put to him,” attorney Stephen Jones said. Jordan Edmund, 21, has been working on Republican Rep. Ernest Istook’s gubernatorial campaign. Istook, of Warr Acres, admitted Thursday at a hastily called news conference the scandal has affected his campaign. “Things are a distraction, but it doesn’t stop the momentum that we’ve been gaining,” Istook said. Foley, a Florida Republican, resigned from Congress last week after it was...
  • FBI's Foley 'assessment' focuses on Istook staffer

    10/06/2006 4:53:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies · 1,512+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 10.06.06
    From combined dispatches The FBI's ongoing "assessment" to determine whether disgraced former Florida Rep. Mark Foley violated federal law is focusing, in part, on a 21-year-old former page working on a gubernatorial campaign in Oklahoma. Lawyer Stephen Jones, who represented convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh, said yesterday that he been retained by the former page, Jordan Edmund, and was "reviewing" the matter.
  • Jordan Edmund. Instant messager of Mark Foley from a co-worker

    10/05/2006 1:26:28 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 43 replies · 4,273+ views
    me | 10/5/06 | me
    I worked in the Istook Campaign in Oklahoma City. One of my co-workers was Jordan Edmund. I actually didn't get to know him all that well, but everything I saw and heard about him indicated that he was not gay. He basically behaved like your standard frat boy. His facebook account no longer exist. If he was part of some prank, I didn't know about it. Jordan came from CA long before I arrived and was there when I left. Jordan was a hard worker and didn't loose his temper or anything like that. He mainly talked about Berkley and...
  • Meet Jordan Edmund One Mark Foley Instant Messanger

    10/04/2006 1:58:14 PM PDT · by Gribbit · 539 replies · 24,983+ views
    Passionate America ^ | 10/4/06 | Wild Bill
    Mark Foley is a scumbag! Mark Foley is a scumbag! Mark Foley is a scumbag! Now that that is out of the way I will reveal how I (and a few others) discovered Jordan Edmund was one of the former house pages that participated in sexually explicit instant messages with Rep. Mark Foley. Also I will explain to you why I believe it necessary to reveal Jordan Edmund's identity. You may not agree with my decision, but I hope to explain my reasoning by the end of this story. Read More HERE!
  • Foley-Istook campaigns: Two Levels of Blackmail involved?

    10/05/2006 12:47:03 AM PDT · by WL-law · 20 replies · 1,237+ views
    self | 10-05-06 | WL-Law
    Reading the threads tonight and seeing the cross-links from the Foley staff to the Istook office, and the role of the Foley "page" in the Istook campaign, its beginning to look like there are two different layers/levels of Blackmail at work here. The first level is the Blackmail perpetrated upon Foley's closeted-gay staffer, Fordham, by Rogers and John Aravosis of America’s Blog. As has been documented by the macsmind blog, "both are gay activists who on many occasions have threatened not only Foley and Fordham with outing, but others as well. These guys are what we call “Political Thugs”, the...
  • Survey USA OK poll: Gov Henry (D) leads Istook (R) by 31, Askins (D) up 7 on Hiett (R) for Lt Gov

    09/26/2006 4:25:07 PM PDT · by okstate · 70 replies · 1,076+ views
    Survey USA ^ | 26 September 2006 | Survey USA
    Governor Brad Henry (D-inc.) 64% Ernest Istook (R) 33% Lt Gov Jari Askins (D) 50% Todd Hiett (R) 43% Million (I) 3% Undecided 3%
  • Oklahoma Governor: Henry by 21 (Rasmussen)

    09/06/2006 11:02:15 AM PDT · by okstate · 6 replies · 660+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 6 September 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    Incumbent Brad Henry is firmly in control of his bid for a second term as Oklahoma’s governor. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows Henry leading his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, 54% to 33%. That’s a 10-point jump in Henry’s lead since our last poll in May. Henry is faring much better with his party base as evidenced by the 83% of Democrats who say they’ll support him versus 58% of Republicans for Istook. He also has stronger crossover pull, drawing support from 27% of GOP voters. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Oklahoma voters have a “very favorable” opinion...
  • Oklahoma Governor Poll: Henry (D) 60%, Istook (R) 34% (Survey USA)

    08/29/2006 10:10:31 AM PDT · by okstate · 15 replies · 1,036+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 28 August 2006 | SurveyUSA
    Vote For Governor Henry (D), 60% Istook (R), 34% Undecided, 5% Vote For Lt. Governor Askins (D), 48% Hiett (R), 42% Undecided, 8% Other, 2%
  • Istook Rebukes Henry On Immigration Issue (Oklahoma)

    08/02/2006 9:16:04 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 2 replies · 287+ views
    ktul ^ | 8/2/06
    Oklahoma City (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernest Istook takes aim at Governor Brad Henry's immigration policies today, accusing the Democratic incumbent of not doing enough to fight illegal immigration and end public benefits for undocumented aliens. Henry spokesman Paul Sund replies that delays in immigration reform policies are the fault of Istook and his colleagues in the G-O-P-controlled Congress. Istook is leaving his 5th Congressional District seat to run for governor. Istook says Henry has done little to crack down on illegal immigrants while governors in other states are taking sweeping action. Istook pointed to laws in Colorado and...
  • Istook for Governor ad!

    07/07/2006 1:27:51 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 13 replies · 712+ views
    This is response ad from the Ernest Istook campaign to a negative ad made by the Bob Sullivan campaign. Here is the link again:,52 Here is the Istook campaign website:
  • Rep. Ernest Istook Trails Gov. Brad Henry By Only 8 Points In Latest Poll

    09/22/2005 5:46:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 868+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2005
    Istook finished the strongest but would not win, according to the poll. In that race, Henry would beat Istook 44 to 36 percent.
  • New amendment would protect attacks on religion by ‘intolerant people’

    07/02/2005 5:57:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 897+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 1, 2005
    WASHINGTON D.C.— A constitutional amendment that would protect public expressions of faith and religion was introduced, after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed the Ten Commandments from a Kentucky courthouse, reported Buoyed by pro-family groups, more than 100 congressmen proposed the Religious Freedom Amendment."Intolerant people have been attacking the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, voluntary prayers at school, and other religious expression, but this amendment will halt those attacks," said Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) in a statement. The Supreme Court has sent the clear message to public officials that “they will face an onslaught of expensive litigation...
  • Istook to offer bill to protect religious rights for schools

    06/20/2005 7:28:42 PM PDT · by bulldozer · 6 replies · 483+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2005 | Patrick O'Connor
    Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) is expected to introduce a constitutional amendment to protect religious expression in schools and on other public property soon after the Supreme Court decides two landmark cases about the displaying the Ten Commandments on public grounds. The court is expected to announce its decision by Monday. This is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on a case regarding the Ten Commandments since 1980, when the court banned them from display in public-school buildings. Istook’s amendment, the “Pledge and Prayer Amendment,” could be the next chapter in an ongoing battle over the propriety of religious...
  • House conservatives create PAC for the 'majority of the majority'

    04/06/2005 12:19:21 PM PDT · by Gipper08 · 15 replies · 494+ views
    the Hill ^ | 5-6-2005 | Josephine Hearn
    After exerting its influence on the budget, the conservative Republican Study Committee is gearing up to flex its muscle politically. The group has created a new political action committee, the House Conservatives Fund (HCF), with the aim of electing more conservatives to Congress. HCF’s first fundraiser is scheduled for later this month. Organizers of the effort, which is being led by Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), said that, with conservatives now billing themselves as the “majority of the majority” after wins in the last election, a greater political presence was overdue. “There had been a lot of discussion about the need...
  • Istook derails earmarks (Retribution for Northeastern Republican Amtrak supporters)

    11/24/2004 8:31:54 AM PST · by nj26 · 27 replies · 836+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/04 | Hans Nichols
    Deep in the transportation section of this year’s omnibus spending bill, Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) dispensed a little appropriator’s justice, punishing 21 Republicans who wrote him a letter in support of $1.8 billion for Amtrak. Istook, chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies, drastically reduced, or entirely excised, the transportation earmarks that those lawmakers were expecting to receive, making good on a little-noticed threat he issued in a letter last February. Istook’s anti-Amtrak retribution hit several of the Republican majority’s most vulnerable members, including Reps. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), two Northeastern centrists who won...
  • Rep. Istook, R-Okla. was responsible for the insertion of the provision... Developing...

    11/21/2004 5:21:35 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 129 replies · 3,923+ views
    FLASH: Rep. Istook, R-Okla. was responsible for the insertion of the provision... Developing... -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday that "accountability will be carried out" against whoever slipped a provision into an omnibus spending bill that would have allowed two committee chairmen to view the tax returns of any American.
  • New bill in House would ban same-sex 'marriage' nationwide

    07/25/2004 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Dubya · 67 replies · 1,570+ views
    BP NEWS ^ | Jul 23, 2004 | Michael Foust
    WASHINGTON (BP)--An Oklahoma congressman introduced a bill July 22 that goes a step beyond current law by banning same-sex "marriage" nationwide -- including in Massachusetts -- and unlike a constitutional amendment, requires only a simple majority to pass. Called the National Marriage Law, the bill, if passed, would supercede state laws, thereby voiding Massachusetts' law legalizing same-sex "marriage." In addition, the law would prevent state courts or lower federal courts from hearing challenges to it. Only the Supreme Court would be able to review it. Sponsored by Rep. Ernest Istook, R.-Okla., the bill has 37 co-sponsors. "This is the only...
  • Istook Endorses Coburn

    07/24/2004 11:22:27 AM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 2 replies · 246+ views
    The Associated Press ( ^ | July 20, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Istook Endorses Coburn Humphreys Campaign Says Endorsement Not Surprising POSTED: 11:04 pm CDT July 20, 2004 UPDATED: 11:12 pm CDT July 20, 2004 OKLAHOMA CITY -- U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., said Tuesday that he is endorsing former Congressman Tom Coburn in the GOP race for the U.S. Senate. Istook urged Oklahoma Republicans to avoid a runoff by uniting behind the Muskogee physician. The endorsement came just a week before the July 27 primary. Coburn, former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys and Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony are battling for the top spot on the Republican side. U.S. Rep. Brad Carson...
  • Alternative to marriage amendment offered

    07/17/2004 3:28:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 603+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/17/04 | WorldNetDaily
    After failure of the Federal Marriage Amendment in the Senate, a congressman has proposed passing a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Rep. Ernest Istook, R.-Okla., wants a law that would over-ride all state laws, granting the U.S. Supreme Court original jurisdiction over any legal challenge against it, reports Human Events online. That means any challenge would bypass all lower courts and go straight to the high court. The Senate Wednesday effectively killed the first attempt at an amendment by rejecting a move by Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennesee to end debate and vote...
  • Return of the Maverick

    06/02/2004 8:02:41 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 6 replies · 101+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 06-02-2004 | Robert Novak
    Return of the Maverick 2004-06-02 By Robert Novak WASHINGTON -- Dr. Tom Coburn, the plainspoken obstetrician from Muskogee, was back in Washington briefly last month. Republican senators greeted him with mixed emotions. He is their best hope for keeping an Oklahoma seat Republican in the closely divided Senate. The bad news is, he would be as prickly in the Senate as he was during his six years in the House (1995-2000). Coburn's problem is that he takes seriously the professed Republican agenda: limited government, entitlement reform and anti-abortion advocacy. He was a rare sincere GOP supporter of term limits, leaving...
  • Lawmaker upset over marijuana subway ads

    12/03/2003 3:05:13 PM PST · by yonif · 25 replies · 265+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 03, 2003 | UPI
    <p>WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma congressman is so upset over a subway ad for legalized marijuana he wants to cut the federal government's annual payment to the Metro system.</p> <p>Change the Climate Inc. has been using public service advertising space on the Metro since 2001, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, but it was the latest round of advertising, this fall that drew the ire of Rep. Ernest J. Istook Jr., R-Okla.</p>
  • Rep. Carson to seek open Oklahoma Senate seat

    10/09/2003 11:06:28 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 6 replies · 177+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 8, 2003 | Sarita Chourey
    Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) will enter the race to succeed senior Republican Sen. Don Nickles, who announced Tuesday that he won’t seek a fifth term. Carson plans to announce his exploratory committee next week, according to a Democratic source. Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) is also expected to run for Nickles’ seat, while Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys (R) and Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) are possible contenders. Nickles, 54, chairman of the Budget Committee and the former GOP whip, decided not to seek reelection even though his GOP colleagues and the White House wanted him to stay, and he was...
  • U.S. Senate 2004: Four Down, Two More to Go?

    09/23/2003 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 277+ views
    U.S. Senate '04: Four Down, Two More to Go? by John Gizzi Posted Sep 23, 2003 Four of the 34 U.S. Senators up for election next year have announced their exiting--Zell Miller (Ga.), John Edwards (N.C.), and Ernest Hollings (S.C.), Democrats all, and Republican Peter Fitzgerald (Ill.) Now, signs are ominous that the next two senatorial shoes to drop will be those of Republican Don Nickles (Okla.) and Democrat John Breaux (La.). Word on the D.C. cocktail circuit over the weekend was that four-termer and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Nickles was anxious to make more money in the private sector,...
  • Poll Shows OK Rep. Istook Would Win an Open GOP Senatorial Primary

    09/13/2003 10:05:11 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 27 replies · 282+ views ^ | 09-13-03 | Not given
    Poll Shows Oklahoma Rep. Istook Winner of GOP Senatorial Primary Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla) will be a sure winner in a contest with Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys if he enters the Republican primary for the senatorial nomination in the 2004 primaries. A confidential poll by Wilson Research Strategies done for the Friends of Ernest Istook group concludes that based on an exhaustive samplings "the Republican nomination is Istook's should he decide to seek it and that Congressman Istook is the Republican's best candidate to hold any open Senate seat in 2004." The possibility that a Senate seat will be...