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  • Obama’s Onslaught Against Non-Profits

    12/14/2014 5:04:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    With the attempt to limit the deductibility of contributions to charities by high-earners, the Obama Administration has opened a multi-front attack against the American tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor” and financially successful people turning large portions of their wealth over to charities that improve the American culture in august manners. The governmental power grab competes with the attempts to control the financial sector for its significance and may exceed it in the long-term effect upon our culture. One first has to marvel at how liberals can twist logic to rationalize a tax increase. It happens regularly from the local government...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "My Friend Irma"(1949)

    11/02/2014 11:11:07 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1949 | George Marshall
  • More of Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust Comedy Surfaces

    01/06/2014 12:15:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Tablet ^ | January 6, 2014 | Stephanie Butnick
    These 25 minutes of footage and interviews are the last of it, we’re promisedRemember Jerry Lewis’ never-released Holocaust film? The one about the German-Jewish clown sent to Auschwitz (!) to entertain children as they’re sent to the gas chamber (!)? The grotesque comedic rendering of concentration camp life in which—spoiler alert—Lewis’ clown decides to voluntarily enter the gas chambers himself could have been the stuff of cinematic urban legend—Lewis told the New Yorker the film would never see the light of day—but thanks to the Internet it’s very, very real. The 1972 film, The Day the Clown Cried, which Spy...
  • 'The Day the Clown Cried': New video surfaces from famed (and shamed) Jerry Lewis Holocaust film

    08/11/2013 1:39:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    EW.com ^ | August 11, 2013
    This is making-of footage from a film that will never-be. The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama directed and starring Jerry Lewis that was famously decried for its bad taste before ever being released. Lewis then buried the film, denouncing it as “bad” and made him feel “embarrassed.” The script and a few stills are all that survive for public consumption — until now, when YouTube user unclesporkums found this 7-minute clip of behind-the-scenes footage and shared it online yesterday. As of this writing, only 751 people have laid eyes on the video below, but that number...
  • House Burglaries Baffle Staff, Police (House of Representatives)

    05/17/2012 7:11:35 AM PDT · by illiac · 47 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/17/12 | Julia Edwards
    Puzzling break-ins over the last month at the offices of at least three House members and several committees have U.S. Capitol Police gumshoes working to find a pattern and the culprits, with missing items ranging from cash and expensive computer equipment to autographed baseballs and alcohol. In at least four of the cases, thieves broke into the offices at night when doors were locked, leading some staffers to believe they were victims of an inside job. (MAP: Where the House Office Break-Ins Happened) “The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex,...
  • Jerry Lewis: "Dean Martin Was the Least Appreciated Performer in Show Business"

    03/30/2012 4:42:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/17/2012 | Roger Friedman
    Jerry Lewis turned 86 yesterday and got quite a nice birthday party from the Friars Club. Richard Belzer interviewed him last night at the 92nd St. Y, Lewis did a lengthy and hilarious Q&A with the audience, and then Paul Shaffer played “Happy Birthday” to him on the piano with an audience singalong. Veteran comic and actor Jerry Stiller came and sat third row center and even asked a question: “Did you and Dean rehearse your act?”– and he seriously wanted an answer. Jerry joked a lot of his answers, and got lots of applause from an audience that included...
  • Developing: Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands)to retire

    01/12/2012 12:29:05 PM PST · by Smogger · 8 replies
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/12/2012 10:18:45 AM PST | Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
    Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, announced today he will retire after 46 years in elected office and 33 years representing San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in Congress. This will be his last term. Lewis is the longest-serving Republican member of Congress from California in history, and the first member from the state to be Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, according to a news release from Lewis's office. San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt and Assembly Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, announced today they both will be running for the new Congressional District 8 seat. In a statement, Mitzelfelt said Lewis has been...
  • Arizona Senate president may be ousted over his conservatism

    11/06/2011 9:11:59 PM PST · by South40 · 17 replies
    LATimes ^ | 11/7/2011 | Stephen Ceasar
    Reporting from Mesa, Ariz.— The strain of conservatism that propelled Arizona lawmaker Russell Pearce to a powerful perch in state politics could also prove to be his downfall. Pearce, president of the state Senate, will face off Tuesday against fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in a recall election in their suburban Phoenix district. The election is the culmination of a nearly yearlong effort to oust the controversial Pearce, arguably the state's most powerful politician. Supporters champion his gruff, unwavering commitment to conservative ideals, while critics call him a bully whose tactics are divisive.
  • MDA Primetime Telethon Achieves $61.5 Million (included a tribute to Jerry Lewis at the beginning)

    09/05/2011 5:29:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    PRNews Wire ^ | 09/05/2011
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new era of primetime Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethons has started. In six primetime hours last night, the organization leading the fight against progressive muscle diseases delivered on its promise of an outstanding 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon. MDA today announced that its 2011 Telethon raised $61,491,393 -- up from the $58,919,838 achieved during the prior year's 21.5-hour Telethon. This is the biggest Telethon achievement since 2008, when the global recession began. Contributions can still be made online at mda.org or by calling 800-FIGHTMD (800-344-4863). "We're so grateful to everyone who made...
  • MDA telethon hosts: Lewis retired from fundraiser

    09/04/2011 11:28:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 5/9/11 | Oskar Garcia
    LAS VEGAS -The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser — the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month. Lewis publicist Candi Cazau declined comment to The Associated Press when told of the statements that opened the telethon on Sunday. Co-host Nigel Lythgoe said during his opening comments on the telethon that he didn't realize Lewis, 85, was thinking about retirement during the show last year, when the comedian offered Lythgoe his seat as Lewis took a break and...
  • Mystery surrounds Jerry Lewis’ absence from Sunday’s Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

    09/03/2011 2:24:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 09/01/2011 | Robin Leach
    Few TV traditions in America are as popular as the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon, but this year’s is still shrouded in mystery as to what happened between entertainment legend and longtime host Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Not one mention of his name in the two latest MDA press releases about the telethon. That’s not only downright rude and disgraceful, but also a tragedy. This year’s show, broadcast live again from South Point on Sunday, has been cut to 6 hours from the long-standing 21-hour marathon. MDA says the new look will be more fast-paced and hopefully...
  • Labor Day Won't Be the Same

    08/29/2011 1:28:24 PM PDT · by kathsua · 17 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 8/29/11 | reasonmclucus
    For 45 years watching The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon was what millions of families did on Labor Day. The Telethon was to Labor Day what fireworks were to the 4th of July and a turkey dinner to Thanksgiving. This year the Muscular Dystrophy Association has decided to replace this holiday tradition with a television show on Labor Day Eve. The 6-hour program will still be called a telethon, but Jerry Lewis won't be there and it won't be live for most viewers unless MDA has different programs for each time zone. The program will start at 6 P.M. local...
  • Jerry Lewis: Saving lives through MDA was honor

    08/21/2011 9:03:16 PM PDT · by massmike · 10 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 08/22/2011 | Associated Press
    Jerry Lewis said Saturday that his years of service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association helped make him a star, but he didn’t provide details on his recent departure as the group’s national chairman. In his first public appearance since the that announcement, Lewis accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association, saying that he made his reputation in show business by saving lives. "I made my reputation in this business caring for what I did, caring for the people that I did it for," said Lewis, who donned a red foam clown nose at one point during his...
  • Jerry Lewis out as Muscular Dystrophy Association chairman

    08/03/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies · 1+ views
    cnn.com ^ | August 3, 2011
    (CNN) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the organization's national chairman. Lewis, 85, and MDA had announced in May that he was retiring as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon in September. But he said then in a statement that he was planning to continue to serve as the organization's national chairman. "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual telethon since 1966," Lewis said in the news release issued in May by the association. "And I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year, by...
  • Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis rushed to hospital moments before he was due on stage

    06/24/2011 1:47:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 34 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 06/24/2011 | RICHARD SHEARS
    Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis was rushed to a hospital in Sydney today, after falling ill minutes before he was about to perform to a club. The 85-year-old entertainer, on his eighth tour of Australia to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, fell ill just before he was scheduled to entertain an expectant crowd. Mr Lewis was so ill that he could not even get out of a car which brought him to the club last night. He was driven to hospital where he was admitted for tests but there was no immediate comment on his condition.
  • Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA telethon in Sept.

    05/16/2011 6:54:36 PM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/16/2011 | KEN RITTER
    After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids," comedian Jerry Lewis announced Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name. Lewis, 85, issued a statement through the association calling it "time for an all new Telethon era." "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual Telethon since 1966 and I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, `You'll Never Walk Alone,'" Lewis said of a shortened six-hour primetime broadcast scheduled for Sept....
  • Jerry Lewis retires as host of MDA Labor Day telethon after 45 years (2011 is his last)

    05/17/2011 6:49:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 05/17/2011 | Dan Snierson
    Jerry Lewis announced on Monday that he is retiring as the longtime emcee of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon. “As a labor of love, I’ve hosted the annual Telethon since 1966, and I’ll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’,” the legendary 85-year-old comedy entertainer said in a statement on the MDA website. “I’ll continue to serve MDA as its National Chairman – as I’ve done since the early 1950′s. I’ll never desert MDA and my kids.” According to the MDA, Lewis has logged more...
  • Rep. Jerry Lewis to EPA: We’ll gut your funding (Opening Salvo)

    11/30/2010 1:12:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) wants to get the chair of Appropriations once Republicans take control of the House, and he’s campaigning hard to demonstrate his commitment to conservative causes. In an attempt to move the conversation away from earmarking, Lewis has fixed his sights on the EPA and its “arbitrary interpretations of the Clean Air Act,” warning EPA head Lisa Jackson that he intends on stripping the agency of funding for her climate-change agenda: Rep. Jerry Lewis is hoping to strengthen his bid to chair the House Appropriations Committee by threatening to strip funding from the Obama administration’s controversial environmental...
  • Former Jerry's Kid sees telethon as an insult to MD victims

    09/07/2010 12:00:33 PM PDT · by MissTed · 24 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 9/7/10 | Susan Greene
    Trashing the muscular dystrophy telethon is like dissing Christmas. It ticks people off. Even if the offender is a former Jerry's Kid. Laura Hershey was born with a form of MD and spent her poster childhood appearing helpless at fundraisers. She became a celebrity in the '70s as the face of the condition in Colorado. She remembers being a prop in the TV studio that was broadcasting local parts of the telethon. "To whole families driving by to drop their contributions in a giant fishbowl outside the studio; to the camera's blinking red light; to the anchorman who squatted next...
  • Jerry Lewis Unplugged: 'I Would Smack Lindsay Lohan in the Mouth' (telethon time again!)

    09/02/2010 2:24:43 PM PDT · by dselig · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Pop Eater ^ | Sep 2nd 2010 04:50PM
    Jerry Lewis has logged over 60 years in showbiz and has seen it all, but what really gets his goat are the current crop of young and troubled celebutantes who seemingly take their charmed lives for granted. Enemy No. 1: Lindsay Lohan, a name that set Lewis off during a no-holds-barred rant on 'Inside Edition' this week. "I'd smack her in the mouth if I saw her," he offered the interviewer when asked what he'd do if he saw Lohan. "I would smack her in the mouth and be arrested for abusing a woman!" He continued, "I would say, 'You...
  • Redlands Tea Party leader throwing herself into political fray (v. high-powered Rep. Jerry Lewis)

    02/06/2010 7:43:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 373+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 2/6/10 | Andrew Edwards and James Rufus Koren
    A local Tea Party organizer is in the early stages of challenging the high-powered Rep. Jerry Lewis for the Republican nomination to represent his district in the House of Representatives. Kathleen Lane Schneider, 59, of Redlands is a graphic designer and organizer for the Redlands Tea Party Patriots. She is one of two GOP candidates .. The district, California's 41st, includes the Redlands area, San Bernardino Mountain communities, a.. Even if the kind of populist sentiment that has fueled tea partyers across the United States is strong in the 41st, Schneider or any challenger to Lewis faces a tough prospect...
  • MDA telethon 2009

    09/08/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by cartpa · 2 replies · 342+ views
    No local news about 2009 MDA telethon.
  • Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Achieves $60.5 Million (2009)

    09/07/2009 6:27:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies · 2,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/7/2009
    Despite the effects of an uncertain economy, contributions and pledges to the 44th annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon over Labor Day nonetheless totaled $60,481,231 million. MDA National Chairman and Telethon star Jerry Lewis said he was impressed by the show of support from Telethon viewers even during hard times. "These are very special people, and their money comes straight from the heart," Lewis said. "Right now, the only thing I can think of to say, other than thank you, thank you is, 'love conquers all.' So many people, everywhere, even with cares of their own, dug deep to show their...
  • Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (Anyone Watching?)

    09/07/2009 2:26:45 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies · 3,174+ views
    MDA ^ | Labor Day Weekend 2009 | Jerry Lewis
    TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2009 – Fire up the barbies, and the flat screen TVs and join comedy legend Jerry Lewis for his 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6-7. “I’m determined to keep fighting for a cure for muscular dystrophy because my kids deserve to live long and healthy lives,” said Lewis, MDA’s national chairman and Telethon star.
  • Gitmo vote proves a doozy for Dems [213-212 vote against today's amendment......]

    06/18/2009 4:07:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 967+ views
    Gitmo vote proves a doozy for Dems @ 6:16 pm by Aaron Blake House Democrats have just taken one of their most difficult votes of the election cycle. And if you don't believe it, check out the roll call. The 213-212 vote against today's amendment from Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) seeking to stop funding the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison split Democrats in a painful way. In all, 39 Democrats voted with Republicans, and with just two exceptions, they are either Blue Dogs, vulnerable or eyeing higher office. A couple key notes: * The close nature of the vote cost...
  • House Defeats Gitmo Amendment, Poised to Slap New Restrictions on Closing

    House Republicans failed Thursday in their efforts to block President Obama's decision to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but lawmakers still moved ahead with legislation that opposes the president's plans. While debating a bill to fund the Justice Department, lawmakers initially defeated an amendment by Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. to ban the government from spending any money to close the prison by a vote of 216-212. After a rare legislative procedure triggered a recount, it was defeated again, 213-212.
  • Jerry Lewis & The Unforgiving Left

    12/14/2008 9:58:54 AM PST · by Publius804 · 15 replies · 994+ views
    dirtyharrysplace.com ^ | December 13th, 2008 | Dirty Harry
    Jerry Lewis & The Unforgiving Left Jerry Lewis has dedicated much of his personal and professional life to the cause of Muscular Dystrophy. Decade after decade with his yearly telethon and other works Lewis has been a one man show in keeping this awful disease in the public consciousness. And yet some on the Left, because in their diseased minds a half-century of charity work is wiped out by the uttering of “fag,” want to deny Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: I also have learned that protests are coming into the Academy about its Board of Governors’ choice of...
  • Jerry Lewis makes another anti-gay slur

    10/25/2008 1:59:59 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 30 replies · 1,159+ views
    AP ^ | Oct 25 08 | Rod MCGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Jerry Lewis made an anti-gay slur on Australian television similar to one he apologized for using on his annual telethon a year ago. Following a news conference in Sydney Friday, Lewis, 82, was asked by a Network Ten national TV reporter for his opinion on the Australian nation sport of cricket. "Oh, cricket? It's a f-- game. What are you, nuts?" Lewis replied. The network broadcast the comment in full on its Friday evening news bulletin along with footage of Lewis handling an imaginary cricket bat with an effeminate gesture. Lewis apologized in September last year...
  • The Best Health Insurance Program

    08/30/2008 4:20:12 PM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08/30/08 | reasonmclucus
    The nation's best insurance program will receive a lot of publicity this weekend. Jerry Lewis will conduct the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon this weekend. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon has been a tradition since the first Labor Day telethon in New York City in 1966. Lewis and former comedy partner Dean Martin had previously conducted a telethon in New York City in 1955, but it wasn't on Labor Day. Jerry Lewis and all the other performers donate their services and receive no payment. Most people don't think of MDA as being an insurance program because it doesn't charge...
  • Vegas police: Jerry Lewis cited for gun in luggage

    07/30/2008 9:20:50 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 31 replies · 301+ views
    AP ^ | Wed Jul 30
    LAS VEGAS - Police say they have confiscated a gun belonging to Jerry Lewis that was found in the 82-year-old entertainer's carryon bag as he prepared to fly to Detroit from Las Vegas.
  • Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay slur

    09/04/2007 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 106 replies · 2,613+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 September 2007
    US comedian Jerry Lewis apologised today for his use of an anti-gay slur during the weekend broadcast of his annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The controversial remark came yesterday in the 18th hour of the live national telecast, when a visibly weary Lewis, 81, was joking on stage, pretending to introduce members of someone's family as he mugged for the camera. "Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag ...," Lewis said, as he apparently caught himself and ceased the gag in mid-sentence, turning on his...
  • Gay rights group to Jerry Lewis: Apologize for slur

    09/04/2007 12:34:54 PM PDT · by mojito · 71 replies · 3,710+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/4/2007 | Staff
    The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Tuesday denounced comedian Jerry Lewis' use of the word "fag" on Lewis' annual Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy and called on him to apologize. "Jerry Lewis' on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement posted on the group's Web site. "It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way." In the 18th hour of the 21 1/2-hour telethon Monday, Lewis -- bow tie undone and shirt collar open -- stumbled...
  • Jerry Lewis Raises Millions, Causes Controversy (F-Word...but not that one)

    09/04/2007 11:00:24 AM PDT · by rightinthemiddle · 57 replies · 3,003+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 4, 2007
    Sept. 4, 2007 While Jerry Lewis raised millions of dollars during his annual Labor Day telethon, he also caused a bit of controversy. During the 18th hour of the telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the 81-year-old actor, riffing in front of the camera very late in the broadcast, introduced an unseen family member with a description that sounded like either "the illiterate fatty" or "the illiterate faggot." In a video clip of the incident posted on the Internet, Lewis swaggers across the stage, appearing to dodge a cameraman before making the slightly muddled statement. He then seemingly catches...
  • Jerry Lewis' telethon hits new record (tote board tops $63.7 million for his 42nd telethon)

    09/03/2007 6:10:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,911+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/07 | AP
    Showman Jerry Lewis sets a goal for his annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of $1 more than the previous year. He met that mark, plus almost $3 million on Monday. "We did it. We did it. I got my buck more. And more. We can go shopping," a jubilant Lewis said as the tote board topped $63.7 million for his 42nd telethon. Last year's record was $61 million. As in the past, the International Association of Fire Fighters anchored the donations from local fill-the-boot drives with $25.2 million, eclipsing last year's $23.5 million. "Whoa, whoa...
  • Lewis campaign filed incomplete funds report

    06/17/2007 1:46:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Press Enterprise ^ | June 13, 2007 | Ben Goad
    Rep. Jerry Lewis' campaign committee failed to properly report more than $276,000 in stock earnings to the Federal Election Commission last year, campaign finance records show.
  • Ethics cloud over California Republicans

    06/09/2007 7:14:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies · 710+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 9, 2007 | Erica Werner
    Besides Doolittle, California Republicans with ethics problems are: _Rep. Jerry Lewis (news, bio, voting record), now in his 15th term and chairman of the Appropriations Committee last year when federal prosecutors in Los Angeles began investigating his ties to a lobbyist with clients in his district. _Rep. Gary Miller (news, bio, voting record), in his fifth term, who's drawn scrutiny over a tax deferral strategy he used in a profitable real estate sale to a Southern California town outside his district. _Rep. Ken Calvert (news, bio, voting record), in his eighth term, who denies any conflict over pushing federal funding...
  • LEWIS TO LEAVE (Congress)?

    06/04/2007 7:25:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1,757+ views
    TownHall ^ | June 2, 2007 | Robert Novak
    Republican sources on Capitol Hill and in California say Rep. Jerry Lewis, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee who has been criticized on ethical grounds, will not seek a 16th term next year. Lewis came under fire last year for pouring millions of dollars worth of earmarks into his heavily Republican southern California district. He has not apologized and vigorously defended himself behind closed doors in the House Republican Conference. Lewis is one of at least six Republican House members from California who have faced ethical scrutiny, beginning when Duke Cunningham was sent to prison. Most recently, Rep. Ken...
  • Giuliani's law firm gives to Dems, too [Pelosi, Hoyer, Feinstein, etc.]

    05/30/2007 9:53:20 AM PDT · by jdm · 28 replies · 1,124+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | May 30, 2007 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a prodigious fundraiser who will campaign today in California, is partner in a law firm [Bracewell & Giuliani] with a generous political action committee -- one that gave nearly 40 percent of its contributions to Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections, including $5,000 to then-Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. Bracepac contributed to 53 Democratic candidates and 50 Republicans in the 2006 election cycle, federal records show. In California, Bracepac donations went mostly to Democrats, although the political action committee also contributed $2,500 to Pombo and $3,500 to Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands (San...
  • RedState vs. House Republicans

    05/18/2007 7:01:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 992+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/18/2007 | Erick Erickson
    After the voters slaughtered House Republicans this past November, most people expected some period of introspection and house cleaning among the GOP. Having seen Duke Cunningham (R.-Ca.), Tom DeLay (R.-Tx), and Mark Foley (R.-Fl.) resign over various indictments and accusations, people thought the Grand Old Party had lost its way. When campaigning to become Minority Leader, John Boehner appeared to recognize this problem. In his campaign manifesto he wrote, “In 1994 we made it clear we wouldn't tolerate such activity, and showed our differences with the Democrats, by changing our rules to deny prime leadership and committee positions from any...
  • Gonzales: Yang departure unrelated to investigation of Rep Lewis

    05/10/2007 6:25:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 464+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/07 | Erica Werner - ap
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday that Debra Yang's departure as U.S. attorney in Los Angeles was unrelated to her office's investigation of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands. "From what I know, Ms. Yang's resignation was entirely voluntary. She did a wonderful job," Gonzales told a House Judiciary Committee hearing. He said that Yang had financial reasons for going to the private sector last October. Yang is not among the eight U.S. attorneys whose firings last year have turned into a controversy for the Justice Department. But Democrats have raised suspicions about Yang's case because she left while her office was...
  • California attorney's firing draws Dems' spotlight [a Duke Cunningham connection alleged]

    03/18/2007 10:36:38 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 20 replies · 843+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 18, 2007 | LA Times
    Senate Democrats signaled Sunday that of the eight U.S. attorneys abruptly fired by the Bush administration, the case in San Diego is emerging as the most troubling because of new allegations that U.S. Attorney Carol Lam was fired in a direct attempt to shut down investigations into Republican politicians in Southern California. ...Lam spearheaded the case against Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former Republican congressman from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who pleaded guilty to bribery and income-tax evasion. He was sentenced in March 2006 to eight years and four months in prison.
  • State GOP lining up behind Giuliani. He's won support among California conservatives (& nationally)

    03/17/2007 10:44:36 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 221 replies · 2,126+ views
    The Californian ^ | March 17, 2007 | DIANA MARRERO
    WASHINGTON - With the presidential election less than two years away, a handful of California lawmakers are already rallying around former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the Republican nomination. Among them: conservative Reps. Jerry Lewis of Redlands and Devin Nunes of Visalia and moderate Rep. Mary Bono of Palm Springs. Giuliani, whose stance on abortion, gay rights, gun-control and immigration puts him at odds with the party's conservative base, also has won the support of key California conservatives in recent days. They include Bill Simon, a former Republican candidate for governor and longtime friend, and Steve Frank, publisher of...
  • Potential Treatment Found For Muscular Dystrophy

    01/24/2007 2:34:52 PM PST · by Main Street · 8 replies · 463+ views
    CBS Broadcasting Inc. ^ | Jan 22, 2007 | Kathryn Brown
    WJZ) Baltimore, MD Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a potential medical breakthrough that could help those who suffer from muscular dystrophy. WJZ's Kathryn Brown talked to doctors at Hopkins who are calling it one of the biggest breakthroughs ever when it comes to treating the devastating condition, which weakens ones muscles over the coarse of time. The potential new treatment is from a medicine now commonly used to treat high blood pressure. Marion and John Bailey know a lot about the disease, which has affected their son Stephen for years. That is why they are so excited about a...
  • CA: Feds looking at land deal involving (R-CA Congressman) Jerry Lewis

    09/05/2006 9:47:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,173+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/06 | Jeremiah Marquez - ap
    REDLANDS Federal investigators probing Rep. Jerry Lewis' ties to lobbyists are looking into a land deal that put nearly 41 pristine acres in the congressman's neighborhood off-limits to developers, The Associated Press has learned. The land was given to the city of Redlands by Jack and Laura Dangermond, who have donated generously to Lewis. The Dangermonds founded and run a company Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. of Redlands that has gotten tens of millions of dollars' worth of contracts through the powerful House Appropriations Committee that Lewis, a Republican, now chairs. One government contract came months after the land donation....
  • Jerry Lewis Telethon Raises Record $61M

    09/04/2006 8:18:31 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 19 replies · 1,033+ views
    Comcast ^ | 9/4/06 | Comcast
    LAS VEGAS - Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day telethon raised a record $61 million to fight muscular dystrophy, bolstered by a huge donation from a group of firefighters and the lack of a major hurricane before the show. "We did good," said Lewis, 80, looking choked up as the final figure, $61,013,855, flashed across the tote board Monday. "I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for so many little people that can't thank you, can't show their appreciation in any way." Leading the contributors was the International Association of Fire Fighters, which donated a record $23.5...
  • Jerry Lewis scorns activist critics as he prepares for annual telethon

    09/03/2006 5:59:00 AM PDT · by Millee · 12 replies · 535+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/3/06 | E.A. Torriero
    For 40 years, comedian Jerry Lewis and his muscular dystrophy telethon have been as much a part of Labor Day weekend as the start of school and the symbolic end of summer. Now 80, and swallowing 25 pills a day for his sagging health, Lewis is approaching his curtain calls dogged by disabled activists who contend the show is designed to evoke pity rather than empower the disabled. Led by a former muscular dystrophy poster boy from Chicago, the activists scored what they call their "big triumph" last November as wheelchair-bound protesters ambushed Lewis in an appearance at the Harold...
  • Jerry Lewis Telethon Vanity (help)

    09/03/2006 9:09:09 PM PDT · by ReaganandDubyaForever · 5 replies · 1,022+ views
    Does anyone know where I can watch the Jerry Lewis Telethon online?
  • Correction: Jerry Lewis is Hosting MDA Telethon Tonight

    09/03/2006 12:14:18 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 73 replies · 2,856+ views
    AP | 9-3-06 | my favorite headache
    Saw this just breaking...Jerry Lewis will not host the annual MDA telethon for the first time ever due to a sudden illness...Ed McMahon will take his place as full time host this year. Lewis has battled a number of illnesses over the last 12 years but always managed to host the 21.5 hour show...even on oxygen. A taped opening filmed on August 31st on the Vegas strip with him stopping traffic with an orchestra at 2 am will still be shown but Lewis is too ill to do the show live.
  • CA: Receptionist-turned-lobbyist gets attention of federal investigators - Letitia White

    08/27/2006 10:25:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 242+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/27/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    Depending on your perspective, Letitia White is either the epitome of a Capitol Hill success story or a prime example of an unsettling mix of money, politics and public policy. White was a receptionist when she joined the staff of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands. More than two decades later, she's an influential lobbyist whose connections to Lewis - now chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee - and others on the Hill have translated into millions of dollars for her and her firm. They also have made her part of a federal investigation into Lewis' ties to the lobbying firm where...
  • Government's talks to continue with contractor in Cunningham case ('As the cauldron bubbles')

    08/21/2006 4:22:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON The investigation stemming from the bribery conviction of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., will continue well past the November midterm elections under a federal court schedule set Monday. The development came at a status hearing for defense contractor Mitchell Wade, who is cooperating with federal prosecutors after pleading guilty in February to bribing Cunningham in exchange for government contracts. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina agreed to delay sentencing proceedings against Wade and set the next status hearing in his case for March 12. That will allow Wade's cooperation to continue in the investigation, which still has several unresolved...