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  • Ted’s Devious Health Insurance Adventure

    04/06/2015 10:32:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2006 | Michael Tomasky
    Did Cruz really sign up for Obamacare hoping the Supreme Court would nix the subsidies, giving him a ready-made horror story? Yeah, probably.There are just so many interesting questions about Ted Cruz, are there not? Okay, maybe not that many. But the one of keenest interest by far to me is: Does he really think he can get away with manufacturing a fake personal Obamacare horror story and peddle it in Dogpatch and get votes with it? Here’s the situation. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, recently took a leave of absence from her big Wall Street job at Goldman Sachs. The Cruz...
  • Krugman: All of These 'Imaginary' Obamacare Horror Stories Are 'Invented'

    03/31/2015 8:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Here we go again. One of the High Priests of the so-called "reality-based community" has for the umpteenth time pronounced Obamacare a great success, asserting that people who believe otherwise (like, for example, the majority of the American people) have either been deceived, or are liars. Paint-by-numbers acerbic Leftist, reactionary smear artist, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman calls Obamacare horror stories "imaginary disasters," made up from whole cloth to scare people and undermine a law that's working and helping people.  We've spent quite a lot of time refuting variants of this argument in recent years, producing detailed responses to President Obama, Harry Reid, and two...
  • Lesbian News Commentator Open About Wanting Her Daughter To Be Gay

    02/25/2015 4:18:59 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 37 replies
    My News Press ^ | 2/23/2015 | Dominic Kelly
    Openly gay political commentator Sally Kohn says, in a new essay for The Washington Post, that she hopes her daughter is gay too, despite already being attracted to boys. Kohn, a well-known political commentator on networks like CNN and Fox News, says that like all parents who want their children to follow in their footsteps, she also has hoped that her daughter would turn out to be gay. Despite those wishes, however, Kohn says she’s already starting to notice that her six-year-old daughter is most likely straight and that leaves her a bit disappointed. “I live in the liberal bubble...
  • Could we please not forgive Sarah Palin? She is an unrepentant nightmare (PDS uber alles)

    02/24/2015 4:21:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lindy West
    Conservative pundit Sarah Palin made a cute, sporting little cameo on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show this weekend – winking at her own disastrous 2008 vice-presidential run, which was memorably skewered at the time by SNL’s Tina Fey. In the bit on Sunday night, Palin piped up during a Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld to ask, “Just curious, Jerry, how much do you think [SNL producer] Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016 with Donald Trump as my running mate?”
  • Howard Dean: Scott Walker 'Unknowledgeable' Because No College Degree

    02/12/2015 4:26:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 150 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What a snob! On today's Morning Joe, Howard Dean, a product of fancy prep schools and Yale, suggested that Scott Walker was unfit to be president because his lack of a college degree rendered him "unknowledgeable." Dean's disdain for the un-diplomaed came during a discussion of Walker having declined, during his recent trip to the UK, to state whether he believes in evolution. Joe Scarborough was incredulous at Dean's diss, pointing out that people such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg never finished college. To which list could be added super-successful and knowledgeable people from Rush Limbaugh to Steve Jobs,...
  • Alabama, Where Same-Sex Marriage Remains Deeply Unpopular

    02/09/2015 4:36:47 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Public opinion surveys show that a majority of adults — and a growing one — now supports same-sex marriage. But the rapid change in public opinion may obscure another fact: Large areas of the country remain overwhelmingly opposed to same-sex marriage, with little sign of change. Alabama is one of those places, and the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court this weekend encouraged probate judges there to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The emerging national majority in favor of same-sex marriage is built on high levels of support in well-educated metropolitan areas,...
  • NY Times Christmas Day Op-ed Page: No Believers, Two Atheists

    12/25/2014 7:26:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn't the New York Times put aside its hostility to traditional religion on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't. Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."
  • Mainstream Media Asks: 'How Do We Protect Barack Obama Today?'

    12/15/2014 6:13:22 AM PST · by sr4402 · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 12, 2014 | 10:14 AM EST | Time Graham
    When I asked her for an example, she replied, “Every morning, we hold a meeting about how to build that evening’s broadcast. We’ve been doing this for decades. Everybody talks about which stories we’re going to air, what the line-up looks like, and which reporters we’ll have live in the field and which ones will be filing taped pieces. In the past, the left-wing bias was always left unspoken. People just ‘got it,’ because they all thought the same. “Once Obama pulled ahead of Hillary and certainly once he became president,” she said, “the bias came out of the closet....
  • I’m not a sales assistant (Whiny rich black girl)

    12/12/2014 9:16:04 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 154 replies
    Salon.com ^ | Dec 10, 2014 | Stacey Patton
    My style of dress is classic preppy. My fashion sense evolved from my years spent in boarding school, where I was required to dress that way for class: khaki pants, fitted dress shirts, crewneck sweaters, and penny loafers. J.Crew and Ralph Lauren could have used our campus to shoot their advertisements. Some of my Black friends say my style is “boo-zhee.” What can I say? I prefer quality over quantity, avoid crowded stores like H&M, the Gap, and Zara where you’ve got scores of copies of the same item. I love blazers—especially those with patches—and own too many to count....
  • Joining the military doesn’t make you a hero (Triple Bagger)

    12/08/2014 5:14:30 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7 Dec 14 | Stephen Kinzer
    Who is a hero? In today’s America, it is someone who chooses a military career, puts on a uniform, and prepares for war. Placing soldiers and veterans on this kind of pedestal is a relatively new phenomenon. Past generations of Americans saw soldiers as ordinary human beings. They were like the rest of us: big and small, smart and dumb, capable of good and bad choices. Now we pretend they are demi-gods. One reason Americans have come to view soldiers as our only protectors is that we have accepted the idea that our country is under permanent threat from fanatics...
  • Why do we wildly over-estimate the proportion of homosexuals?

    12/04/2014 6:51:14 AM PST · by wagglebee · 56 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/3/14 | Michael Cook
    Why do people in the United States (and probably other Western countries, as well) over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians in the population? Ever since 1948, when the Kinsey Report suggested 1-in-10, Americans have accepted wildly exaggerated figures. Last year, The Smithsonian, the official web magazine of the famous museum in Washington DC, even suggested that it was 1-in-5!However, a recent government survey in the United Kingdom found that in 2013, 1.6% of UK adults identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. This is a very small proportion of the population, but it becomes even smaller when the figures are broken up. Only 1.6% of men...
  • The Benefits of Being Politically Correct(not a satire but reads like one)

    11/29/2014 4:45:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | November 10, 2014 | Anna North
    The Benefits of Being Politically Correct By Anna North November 10, 2014 1:20 pm 30 Comments When people bring up political correctness, they’re often talking about how much they hate it. Unlike, say, “diversity” or “inclusion,” the term is perhaps most frequently used by those who object to what it stands for, who feel that calls to change the way they speak harm them or society in some way. These objections inspired Jack Goncalo, a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell, and his team to study the actual effects of political correctness. They’d heard “this idea that the effort to...
  • 10 reactions to yesterday’s GOP wave from America’s hardest hit: Hollywood celebrities

    11/05/2014 9:08:15 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 90 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 5, 2014
    Yesterday’s GOP wave was a hard pill to swallow for your average, run-of-the-mill Democrat, but for the Hollywood elite who have showered Democratic politicians with money and love these past two years, it must have been absolutely devastating. Check out this headline, which could be one of the better ones we’ve seen:
  • Irresponsible 'Education'

    10/18/2014 9:11:32 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 40 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Slavery certainly has its place among the horrors of humanity. But our "educators" today, along with the media, present a highly edited segment of the history of slavery. Those who have been through our schools and colleges, or who have seen our movies or television miniseries, may well come away thinking that slavery means white people enslaving black people. But slavery was a worldwide curse for thousands of years, as far back as recorded history goes. Over all that expanse of time and space, it is very unlikely that most slaves, or most slave owners, were either black or white....
  • Clarence (Oddbody) Page commentary: Freedom of the press is in danger in this country, too

    08/29/2014 10:28:31 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 8-29-2014 | Clarence Page
    Since Brown’s death, local or state police have arrested or detained at least 11 reporters or photographers, according to a running tab on the Poynter Institute’s website. Even Amnesty International sent human-rights observers to the city to support free speech and press — the first time it’s done so in this country. Among the first and most widely reported incidents was when Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were arrested and briefly put in a holding cell after police ordered them to leave a McDonalds. Lowery was “illegally instructed to stop taking video of officers”...
  • It’s time to end anonymous comments sections

    08/19/2014 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 103 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | Kevin Wallsten and Melinda Tarsi
    Anonymous comments, even positive ones, damage trust in the news media. Despite their ubiquity on news sites around the Internet, a movement against anonymous comments sections has slowly gathered steam over the past few years. The first call to action came in 2010 when the American Journalism Review said, “It is time for news sites to stop allowing anonymous online comments.” Since that bold declaration, a wide variety of media outlets, including ESPN, the Huffington Post, Popular Science, Sporting News and USA Today have either banned anonymous posts on their sites or eliminated comments sections altogether. In August 2013, the...
  • Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 12:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | Frank James
    Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay came along. Now President Obama finds himself amid another foreign policy and national security controversy with fresh legs that even features Susan Rice — the White House official who played a prominent early role in the Benghazi controversy — making an encore. While it's still too soon to know whether the trade for...
  • US man finds lost mother in Amazon tribe (strangest story of the year!)

    05/26/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Ny Post ^ | May 24, 2014 | Maureen Czllahan
    “I didn’t want my friends to know that my mom’s a naked jungle woman eating tarantulas,” he says today. David’s mother, Yarima, is a member of the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela. In 1978, he (David's Father) was offered Yarima, who was then about 9 to 12. Good was 36. He saw no real problem. After David was born, Kenneth attempted to settle Yarima into modern American domesticity. In 1991, The whole family would return to the Amazon for a documentary. While there, Yarima told Kenneth she would not be going back to America.
  • The Collapse of Anti-Gay Religion

    05/05/2014 7:26:10 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 147 replies
    Slate ^ | 5-1-2014 | William Saletan
    Throughout history, religion has sanctioned and fueled the persecution of homosexuality. That dynamic may be drawing to an end. Polls, clerics, and denominations are shifting. Theology is adapting. Resistance to same-sex marriage is dwindling, and there’s no end in sight. For 15 years, the Ethics and Public Policy Center has hosted the Faith Angle Forum, a regular conference on religion and public life. Several weeks ago, the group met again to discuss current issues. Transcripts of the conference have just been posted on EPPC’s website. They underscore the extent of the anti-gay collapse. The first session, led by papal biographer...
  • It Turns Out That The Smartest People Do Run The US

    05/01/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2014 | JONATHAN WAI
    Does IQ correlate with power? How many powerful people in the U.S. are actually geniuses, and how much does intelligence really affect success? In one of my research papers published last year, Investigating America's Elite, I set out to address these questions. I collected data on some key groups that greatly influence society: Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, federal judges, Senators, and House members. Individuals were deemed to be in the top 1% of ability if they attended an undergraduate or graduate school that had extremely high average standardized test scores that put the typical person well within the top 1%....
  • Klein, Krugman Offer Biased Views of Confirmation Bias

    04/11/2014 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail." Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only...
  • ‘Is It Preposterous’ to Think a Black Hole Caused Flight 370 to Go Missing?

    03/19/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 110 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | March 19th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    CNN’s Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night, he actually asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved.
  • Ted Cruz Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

    02/14/2014 3:36:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 14, 2014 | By Robert Schlesinger
    Ted Cruz seems to be becoming something of a Republican bogeyman. One can imagine Republican lawmakers trudging home and telling their recalcitrant kids that if they don’t brush their teeth and go to bed, Ted Cruz is going to bring a mob of torch-bearing tea partiers over to take them away. But they should remember that Ted Cruz is a particularly irritating symptom, not the problem. [snip] But make no mistake: He’s riding a wave of sentiment, not causing it. If there was no Ted Cruz someone else would fill that role; it might be someone in the Congress, like...
  • On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science

    01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    David Remnick of The New Yorker showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Monday night to discuss his long, mostly sympathetic profile of Barack Obama from the January 27 issue of the magazine. Near the end of the interview, Rose focused in on the president’s reported desire to be “big.” The host wondered, “[W]hat's his definition of 'big,' and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?” Remnick replied that no, Obama does not think his chance of being “big” has slipped away. The editor then rattled off a laundry...
  • Princeton University Orchestra Debuts ‘Ballad for Trayvon Martin’

    12/05/2013 7:16:08 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    The College Fix | 12/5/13
    Trayvon Martin continues to be a subject of intense interest for the academic elite. The Princeton University Orchestra and the University Concert Jazz Ensemble is set to debut “The Ballad for Trayvon Martin” today, NJ.com reports. The goal of the music, according to its composer, noted jazz artist Anthony D.J. Branker, is to pay homage to victims of racial violence.
  • After Shutdown: Administration Gives $445,000,000 to Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    10/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/3/2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - On the first day of the “shutdown” of the federal government, when members of the U.S. Senate were going to the well of their house to point out that the shutdown would prevent the National Institutes of Health from starting clinical trials for cancer patients and others facing possibly terminal illnesses, the administration was giving $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. That means PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio and Sesame Street got a taxpayer subsidy during the shutdown, but not would-be cancer patients at the NIH. The $445 million the Treasury...
  • Reuters orders broad editorial staff cuts (140 jobs to be cut)

    10/02/2013 12:04:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/2/13 | AFP
    The Reuters news agency is cutting some five percent of its editorial staff, a source close to the company said Wednesday, the latest layoffs in the troubled media industry. Parent company Thomson Reuters announced in a statement it would be making reductions, but offered no figures. -snip- A source familiar with the matter said the cuts would affect some five percent of the global staff of some 2,800.
  • The West Need Not Fear Its Young Muslims (NYT alert)

    09/24/2013 6:14:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 23, 2013 | JAMES FERGUSSON
    LONDON — It has been five years since Shirwa Ahmed, a 26-year-old from Minneapolis, blew himself up in northern Somalia, and sent shivers up American spines about young immigrants from war-torn Muslim countries who were turning into terrorists. Unconfirmed reports that American Muslims might have been among the gunmen who stormed Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall over the weekend will no doubt revive fears of the “enemy within.” [...] I remain, however, unafraid of Somalis, least of all of Americanized ones. I spent time in Minnesota in 2011 — the Twin Cities is home to the greatest concentration in the United...
  • Hollywood Is Desperate

    09/23/2013 8:37:57 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 84 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 9/23/2013 | Shout Bits
    At last night's 2013 Emmy Awards, actor Don Cheadle offered a rambling salute to the power of TV. Starting with Walter Cronkite's emotional reporting of Pres. Kennedy's assignation and moving on to other touchstones of leftist history, Cheadle argued that TV is the binding force of modern society. TV tells society what to feel, how to think, and what is OK to express openly. TV is the vanguard and constitution of all that is worthwhile. Cheadle's eyes tracked the teleprompter as if in disbelief of the propaganda he was required to spew. Far from an assertion of dominance, Cheadle's speech...
  • Drudge hates new shield bill, but is defining 'journalist' really 'fascist'?

    09/15/2013 7:53:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 60 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2013 | Patrik Jonsson,
    A media shield law approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee defines a “real reporter” deserving of extra protection. Bloggers, "citizen journalists," and others cry "foul!"[snip]The first version of a media shield law that handily made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defined for the first time what constitutes a “real reporter” deserving of extra protection versus what Sen. Dianne Feinstein called a “17-year-old blogger” who doesn’t deserve a legal shield.[snip] That Congress is attempting to define “journalist” at all in order to expand protections after a number of high-profile leak cases and ensuing Justice Department prosecutions caused blog...
  • 15 Journalists Have Joined Obama Administration

    09/13/2013 7:28:16 AM PDT · by Baynative · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/13/13 | John Nolte
    Time managing editor Rick Stengel's decision to join the Obama administration is just the latest example of a new trend among mainstream media journalists who are making it official by officially joining the Obama administration. Stengel, who is joining the State Department, is just one of 15 (or 19) who have given up a career in journalism to join Obama's crusade to fundamentally transform America:
  • Killing for their Country: A New Look at “Killology”

    08/24/2013 5:19:43 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    Killology.com KILLING FOR THEIR COUNTRY: A NEW LOOK AT “KILLOLOGY” by Robert Engen For more information on accessing this file, please visit our help page. “Patriots always talk of dying for their country, but never of killing for their country.” – Bertrand Russell Introduction Over a decade ago, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a former US Army Ranger and military psychologist, published a book entitled On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. This work, along with its recent sequel, On Combat, have established Grossman’s reputation in military law enforcement circles in North America as an expert on the...
  • Billionaires Want to End Capitalism As We Know It (Richard Branson's new non-profit)

    06/18/2013 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Thoreauaway · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mike Ciandella
    Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and a group of other CEOs and former world leaders have formed a group whose goal is to end capitalism as we know it. The nonprofit, known as “The B Team,” was created to help promote a “better version of capitalism, one that prioritizes people and planet over profit.” This ignores the fact that capitalism is, by definition, motivated by profit. The team, led by Branson and German businessman Jochen Zeitz, calls for drastic changes in how the economy works. These include “new rules and models for the future of business – not incremental ‘change as...
  • Why Having More Christians Won't Necessarily Change Our Culture

    05/28/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 132 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/27/2013 | Os Hillman
    For centuries, Christians thought culture would change if we just had a majority of Christians in the culture. That has proven to be a false assumption. Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the top of cultural spheres or societal mountains. It takes less than 3-5 percent of those operating at the top of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain.For example, this is exactly what advocates in the gay rights movement has done through the "mountains" of media and arts and entertainment. They have strategically used these...
  • Professors donate to Obama, opine about election in the news

    10/16/2012 12:00:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 10/16/12 05:00 AM ET | Bob Cusack -
    At least a half-dozen professors who gave political donations to President Obama have been quoted in news articles opining about his administration and the 2012 race for the White House. ... The Hill cross-checked academics who have been quoted in news articles with Obama’s donor list and eliminated those who worked in prior Democratic administrations. The half-dozen professors detailed in this article do not mention their political affiliations in their bios online. A similar search for Romney donors did not yield any results. The scholars say they didn’t tell reporters that they had donated to Obama, but would have had...
  • American Liars Inc.

    09/12/2012 3:02:30 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/12/12 | -
    My friends the world abounds with liars in all classes of politics and life in general but particularly here in America for the last six years (2006 elections) the Progressive Democratic Left has faithfully lied about everything under the sun to promote, preserve and protect their lawless Marxist agenda and their chosen chief chosen one. From Health Care to Medicare, from Republicans to the Tea Party, from the economy to tax increases, from the Fast and the Furious to the Stimulus, from the war on terror to Guantanamo, from drilling to green energy, from Limbaugh to Bush to Palin, from...
  • Jonah Lehrer’s Journalistic Misdeeds at Wired.com

    09/01/2012 6:46:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | August 31, 2012 | Charles Seife
    For the past three months, Jonah Lehrer, science journalist, author of three books, and (former) New Yorker staff writer has been under siege. In mid-June, he was accused of recycling his old work and publishing it as new. Since then, a number of accounts assert that Lehrer committed the two mortal sins of journalism: fabrication and plagiarism. Before Lehrer joined The New Yorker, he was one of the premier bloggers at Wired.com; the site still boasts several hundred blog posts he wrote for his Frontal Cortex blog. Quite naturally, when the Lehrer scandal first broke, the editors at Wired.com worried...
  • Romney's storm-delayed convention limps into motion

    08/27/2012 5:40:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Matt Spetalnick
    Forget the loud music, cheering crowds and funny hats. Instead of opening with a bang as originally planned, Mitt Romney's Republican convention started with a whimper on Monday as party leaders staged a low-key session while Tropical Storm Isaac churned through the Gulf of Mexico. The tone was deliberately subdued after Isaac led Republicans to scrap most of their first day's schedule in Tampa, complicating plans to showcase Romney to voters as the presidential candidate heads into a 10-week sprint to his November 6 election battle against Democratic President Barack Obama.Sunshine broke through the clouds in Tampa as the host...
  • Obama Caught in Misspelling of a Four-Letter State, Wapo Tries to Rescue

    08/23/2012 5:43:25 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    Imagine for a moment, if you will, Sarah Palin attending an event at Ohio State University. She casually greets college aged supporters, and a group of excited, young students decide to spell out the word “Ohio” using the old YMCA routine. The group is in place, arms readied, fans surrounding them armed with their cameras and cellphones. Then this happens… OIHI. It is inarguable that the media, in all their smugness and ‘we are intellectually superior’ attitude would have ripped her from the California coast to the glaciated plains of … well … Oihi. Oi. Hi. More like oy vey....
  • Romney goes birther: Makes joke about BC, makes clear his strategy of doubling down on whiteness

    08/24/2012 11:37:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | August 24, 2012 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Donald Trump: You’re fired! With his joke today that “No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate,” Mitt Romney moved down to the lowest rung of the Republican Party – the racist demagogues who know better. (VIDEO AT LINK) I don’t forgive poor, isolated, ignorant whites their racism, but you can understand some of the cultural programming that embedded it. Romney knows Obama was born here. And he also knows exactly what he’s doing with his birth certificate joke: he’s telling the bedrock Republican reactionary base to pay no attention to that Todd Akin mess, Romney will cater...
  • Marital, personal ties link Obama administration to Commission on Presidential Debates

    08/23/2012 3:37:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/23/2012 | Josh Peterson
    The moderator of the lone October vice presidential debate was previously married to a top Obama official, an association both ABC News and the left-leaning Commission on Presidential Debates do not view as a conflict of interest. ABC Senior Foreign Correspondent Martha Raddatz, whose role as moderator was announced on August 13, was previously married to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski — an Obama appointee. Genachowki and Raddatz were married in 1991, the same year he graduated from Harvard Law School. Their marriage ended in 1997; the two have a son together. Raddatz does not report on the FCC...
  • DEBATE MODERATORS ANNOUNCED (A JOKE??)

    08/13/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 198 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | August 13,2012 | Drudge
    DEBATE MODERATORS ANNOUNCED: PBS Jim Lehrer, first Pres debate, Oct 3 Denver... CNN Candy Crowley, town hall, Oct 16, Hempsted LI... CBS Bob Schieffer, third Pres debate, Oct. 22, Boca Raton... ABC Martha Radditz, VP debate, Oct 11, Danville VA... FLASHBACK: CROWLEY: Some Think Ryan Pick 'Some Sort of Ticket Death Wish'..
  • CBS News Admits to Not Covering Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day (Atlanta-Video)

    08/01/2012 2:25:50 PM PDT · by Stalwart · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Jonathan Sampson
    2:17, fun begins at the 50 sec. mark
  • Is the Internet Making Us Insane?

    07/09/2012 2:57:31 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Newsweek (via The Daily Beast) ^ | 7-9-2012 | Tony Dokoupil
    Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports. (snip) Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system,...
  • New violent comedy 'God Bless America' wages war on reality television

    05/14/2012 12:24:49 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 23 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | May 14, 2012 | By Hollie McKay
    Edgy filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is sick of the dumbing-down of America thanks to reality television, and has brought to life the dark comedy “God Bless America” to serve as a wake-up call regarding the downward spiral of our culture. “The tipping point was that I was in London and they had a ‘My Super Sweet 16’ marathon on and there I was watching teenage girls throwing fits because their parents bought them the wrong BMW. I was aghast, then a ringtone commercial about an elephant breaking wind. I was offended,” Goldthwait told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “So this is a...
  • Ousted Politico reporter technically still employed with company while seeking new job

    07/05/2012 10:13:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/5/12 | Alex Pappas
    Politico says White House correspondent Joe Williams is on his way out the door. But the reporter who found himself ousted from his job — after making a penis joke about the Romneys, accusing his own publication of “blatant racism” and saying the Republican nominee for president is much more comfortable around “white folks” — isn’t technically gone yet. In fact, Williams — who pleaded guilty in May to assaulting his ex-wife — is still employed with the company and is still using his company email.
  • Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’

    06/25/2012 9:48:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/12 | David Martosko
    Joe Williams, the White House correspondent whom Politico suspended last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, tweeted about his employer on the evening of March 30 that “what’s most irritating is the overlay of blatant racism. that’s the secret sauce in the Politico sh**burger.” The Daily Caller has obtained an archive covering several months of Williams’ Twitter activity. In a tweet nine minutes before that comment, Williams wrote that “we’re supposed to be about justice and the truth, but we’re mostly about posturing, arcane rules and CYA [Cover Your Ass]. annoying.”
  • Joe Soucheray: We lost more than spelling when we lost the classifieds

    06/18/2012 6:37:22 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/8/12 | Joe Soucheray
    It is entirely self-serving of me to point out that the classified ads in the Pioneer Press seem to be making a comeback, but I think we are past the point of pretending to hide my affection for newsprint. I am not claiming that the classifieds are as busy as a small-town telephone book, or even a small-town church bulletin. I am merely suggesting that I am noticing a revival of sorts, particularly in my fields of misadventure. In Classic Antique Autos for Thursday, June 7, for example, the category immediately following Volvo and just before 4WD Trucks, there was...
  • Barbara Walters Apologizes for Helping Aide to Assad of Syria

    06/05/2012 5:49:39 PM PDT · by OddLane · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2012 | Bill Carter
    In the months after her exclusive interview last year with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Barbara Walters tried to intercede to get a television position for a former aide of his, who Ms. Walters acknowledged helped arrange the interview. Ms. Walters, the longtime ABC News correspondent, issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for reaching out to contacts to seek an internship with CNN and admission at Columbia University for Sheherazad Jaafari, who had been a media adviser for Mr. Assad. Ms. Jaafari, 22, is the daughter of the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations.
  • On Johan Santana's no-hitter, comedian Bill Maher, newly-minted NY Mets minority shareholder (WTF?)

    06/04/2012 9:53:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Michael O'keeffe AND Justin Tasch
    Funny really is money. Bill Maher, the host of HBO's "Real Time," announced on Sunday at Citi Field that he had purchased a minority stake in the Mets earlier this year — and the sometimes controversial, always funny comedian wasn't kidding. Maher, a lifelong Mets fan, says he thinks he made a "great investment" by purchasing a share in the team. "I think people sometimes forget there's only one National League franchise in New York City, and they're not making anymore," he said. "I just thought it would be a great place, especially after I've seen some of the ways...