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  • WV:Assault weapon-wielding supporters rally for suspended Gilberton chief

    08/31/2013 2:15:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 25 August, 2013 | Jacob Seibel
    An anti-gun organization doesn't believe a 30-day suspension is adequate punishment for Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler, so it invested in a "Fire Kessler" billboard near Route 61. But on Saturday, less than a week after the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence paid for the billboard, a group of about 40 gun-toting Kessler supporters, some wielding assault weapons, rallied in front of the billboard. There, they shouted their own message: "Go f--- yourself." Kessler said the rally was "an act of civil disobedience, a peaceful act." "They're anti-gun. We're pro-gun. I have the right to do and say...
  • America’s scariest police chief shoots “libtards” and forms militias

    07/26/2013 6:22:32 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | Jul 24, 2013 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Mark Kessler really loves guns. “I carry an M-16 at work,” he says. He can do that because he’s a police officer — in fact, the chief of police in the tiny borough of Gilberton, a hamlet of less than a thousand in the coal-rich hills of Eastern Pennsylvania. But even in a profession where carrying a gun is part of the job description, Kessler is an outlier. Last month, he told a story to a local Tea Party group about how he was stopped by police officers in a neighboring town for displaying his machine gun to a friend,...
  • ‘Come and Take It, Motherf--kers!’ PA Police Chief Curses Liberals, Sprays Auto Fire in Viral Video

    07/24/2013 7:58:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | Philip Caulfield
    SEE IT: ‘Come and take it, motherf--kers!’ Police chief curses liberals, sprays automatic weapons in foul-mouthed viral videos In a series of provocative videos, Gilberton, Pa., top cop Mark Kessler curses Secretary of State John Kerry and rants about 'libtards' and 'cry babies' before spraying automatic weapons into the distance. City officials say he won't be disciplined because he's not breaking the law. A Pennsylvania police chief is getting heat for appearing in a series of foul-mouthed YouTube videos ranting about liberals, cursing Secretary of State John Kerry and firing automatic weapons. Despite the backlash, Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon...
  • Constitutional Security Force Develops As Result of Police Chief’s Efforts

    02/21/2013 6:18:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Tim Brown
    I wrote last week about Police Chief Mark Kessler’s call to citizens of Gilberton Borough, Pennsylvania to join him and his police department in putting together a “reserve force” that could be called upon to help defend the city in the event of a foreign invasion or more precisely an invasion of the Federal government to confiscate firearms. Well, the response by readers and police departments across the country has been nothing short of incredible and as a result Kessler has expanded his small town “reserve force” to now include states nationwide. He is now referring to the movement as...
  • US election: Jimmy Carter's [unemployed] grandson helped leak Mitt Romney video

    09/18/2012 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 18, 2012 | Raf Sanchez, Washington
    Jimmy Carter's unemployed grandson has said he helped leak damaging video footage of Mitt Romney in retaliation for the Republican's habit of maligning his grandfather on the campaign trail. .......As the story exploded, Mr Carter emailed his 87-year-old grandfather to tell him he was behind the revelation that was rocking Mr Romney's campaign. The former president replied "James: This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa." The younger Mr Carter was only three when his grandfather was pushed out of the White House by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election but said that he was still angered by Republicans who accused the former...
  • Don’t Want ObamaCare? That Means Obama Can Force You to Have It

    03/03/2011 3:50:39 PM PST · by DanMiller · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 3, 2011 | Dan Miller
    Judge Kessler’s February 22nd ObamaCare decision held that a decision not to make a government-mandated purchase in interstate commerce is economic activity and therefore activates the federal government’s authority under the Commerce Clause. This presents a bit of a conundrum: even assuming that she is correct, how about the failure to make any decision at all whether to buy or not to buy? Does that failure to engage in a decision-making process, which she determined to be activity, also constitute activity in interstate commerce? If so, George Orwell would be disappointed that he hadn’t lived to read about it. Both decisions...
  • DC health care ruling: Gov’t can regulate “mental activity”

    We posted something brief yesterday about the ruling by Federal District Judge Gladys Kessler that ObamaCare is constitutional. However, with with some further analysis, courtesy of Avik Roy at Forbes, it becomes clear that Kessler’s decision may be weighted more in partisanship than in actual logic. This is an excerpt from Kessler’s ruling: “As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within Congress’s power. See Thomas More Law Ctr., 720 F.Supp.2d at 893 (describing the “activity/inactivity distinction” as an issue of...
  • Federal Judge Rules Congress Can Regulate "Mental Activity" Under Commerce Clause

    02/23/2011 8:10:37 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 46 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 22, 2011 | Philip Klein
    A federal judge has upheld the national health care law, making it the fifth ruling on the merits of the legal challenges to the individual mandate. The ruling by the Clinton appointee, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler of the District of Columbia continues the pattern of Democratic-appointed judges siding with the Obama administration and Republican judges siding with the plaintiffs in ruling the mandate unconstitutional. Kessler's ruling comes in a case brought by individual plaintiffs, where as the two decisions striking down the mandate have come in cases brought by 27 states, based in Virginia and Florida. Like the...
  • Obama Espoused Radical Views in College

    02/11/2010 2:19:26 PM PST · by TBP · 71 replies · 2,873+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 08 Feb 2010 09:42 PM | Ronald Kessler
    Dr. John C. Drew, a grant writing consultant in Laguna Niguel, Calif., tells Newsmax he met Obama in 1980 when Obama was a sophomore at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Drew had just graduated from Occidental and was attending graduate school at Cornell University. Drew’s then girlfriend, Caroline Boss—now Grauman-Boss—knew Obama because she shared classes with him at Occidental. During Christmas break, Drew says he was at Grauman-Boss’ home in Palo Alto when Obama came over with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, his roommate from Pakistan. “He was arguing a straightforward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, which anticipated that there would be...
  • Michael Steele Has Lost the Support of His Party

    01/12/2010 5:15:02 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 44 replies · 1,267+ views
    News Max ^ | January 12, 2010 | Ronald Kessler
    Michael Steele was supposed to drive the Republican Party out of the wilderness. Instead, he is driving the party to distraction. The latest flap involves the release of the Republican National Committee chairman’s book, “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.” Steele failed to inform Republican congressional leaders that the book was coming out, and many of them learned about it only through Steele’s television appearances. But many see criticism over the book as a pretext for what really is disturbing a range of Republican leaders: Steele’s public comments, which can be described only as bizarre. Case...
  • Former Secret Service Agent opens window into private lives of presidents

    10/15/2009 5:38:09 PM PDT · by highlander_UW · 41 replies · 3,113+ views
    The North Star National ^ | 10/14/09 | Jamie Weinstein
    Former Secret Service agent opens window into private lives of presidents October 14th, 2009 Jamie Weinstein In his In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect, journalist Ronald Kessler gives us a peek inside the intimate lives of our presidents. Through interviews with over 100 secret service agents from the past and present—dating all the way back to John F. Kennedy—Kessler paints a picture of what our presidents are like when no one is looking. They're always watching. We learn from the agents Kessler interviews that John F....
  • Americans Paying for Obama’s Change

    08/19/2009 3:58:47 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 2 replies · 461+ views
    News Max ^ | August 19, 2009 | Ronald Kessler
    When we hire an employee, an electrician, or a plumber, we want to know that the individual has a good track record. Yet when electing Barack Obama, Americans ignored the fact that his track record was skimpy at best. As a community organizer, Obama was a good talker but his only tangible accomplishment was ridding a Chicago housing project of some asbestos. If Obama had virtually no impact as a community organizer, he was even more invisible in the state Senate and later in the U.S. Senate. In both, Obama had a reputation for voting “present,” thus avoiding controversial decisions...
  • Secret Service Is Putting the President at Risk

    08/10/2009 3:54:50 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 75 replies · 2,477+ views
    News Max ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ronald Kessler
    The nation has not endured a presidential assassination since John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas in 1963. That is largely because of the dedication of Secret Service agents. But since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took over the Secret Service in 2003, the agency has been cutting corners to the point where the lives of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other protectees are endangered. That is the opinion of a number of current Secret Service agents who have told me for my book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the...
  • Secret Service Hated Jimmy Carter

    08/06/2009 6:49:11 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 81 replies · 3,548+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 5, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Jimmy Carter was the "least likeable" president, Ronald Kessler reveals in his new book about the Secret Service that chronicles the agency’s activities guarding every president from Kennedy to Obama. "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," already an best-seller since its publication on Tuesday, features startling disclosures about the presidents and their families. Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Kessler, the first journalist to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, based his book on interviews with more than 100 current and former...
  • Secret Service Hated Jimmy Carter

    08/06/2009 1:51:41 PM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 88 replies · 4,599+ views
    newsmax ^ | August 6, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Jimmy Carter was the "least likeable" president, Ronald Kessler reveals in his new book about the Secret Service that chronicles the agency’s activities guarding every president from Kennedy to Obama. "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," already an best-seller since its publication on Tuesday, features startling disclosures about the presidents and their families. Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Kessler, the first journalist to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, based his book on interviews with more than 100 current and former...
  • Book details JFK affair with Pan Am Swede

    08/03/2009 10:48:30 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 71 replies · 8,925+ views ^ | 08/03/2009 | David Landes
    Former US president John F. Kennedy had an affair with a Swedish flight attendant, according to a new book based on interviews with current and former Secret Service agents. According to ex-agent Robert Lutz, President Kennedy took a liking to a Swedish Pan Am Flight attendant who was riding on the press pool airplane which typically follows US presidents while they travel. While Lutz, who was assigned to the press plane, had initially planned to ask the good looking Swede out for dinner, members of the Secret Service detail assigned to President Kennedy told Lutz to back off. “She’s part...
  • Secret Service: JFK Met Marilyn Monroe at Justice Dept. for Sex

    08/05/2009 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 72 replies · 3,114+ views
    News Max ^ | Aug 5, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    President John F. Kennedy had secret trysts with Marilyn Monroe in a loft above the office of his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Ronald Kessler reveals in his new book about the Secret Service. "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," released Tuesday, features startling disclosures about presidents from JFK to Barack Obama.
  • Secret Service Secrets: Obama Threats Up 400 Percent

    08/03/2009 5:57:50 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 59 replies · 3,087+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 2, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    A new book by Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Ronald Kessler features startling revelations about current and former U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," released Tuesday, August 4, discloses that threats against the president have increased dramatically – by a staggering 400 percent since Obama entered the White House. Kessler is the first journalist to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, and his book is based on interviews with more than 100 current and former agents.

    07/20/2009 6:27:15 PM PDT · by DigitalVideoDude · 47 replies · 2,566+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 20, 2009 | Richard Johnson
    WHEN it came to protecting Jenna and Barbara Bush, the Secret Service truly had its hands full, with President George W. Bush's wild and crazy daughters doing everything in their power to escape them, a new book reveals.
  • Sarah Palin Has Lost Her Nerve

    07/07/2009 8:39:41 AM PDT · by steve-b · 83 replies · 2,781+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/6/09 | Ronald Kessler
    Well before Sarah Palin's stunning announcement that she is resigning as governor of Alaska, GOP insiders were concerned that Palin was showing signs that she was not up to leading the party to victory in 2012. On the surface, Palin has everything going for her. A rock star, she is smart, a terrific speaker, and an articulate spokesperson for Republican values. As governor and mayor, she has a string of real accomplishments to show for herself. As noted in the Newsmax story "Sarah Palin Mythology Debunked," much of the criticism of her has had no basis in fact. But unfair...
  • Obama hostile to Israel

    06/22/2009 7:17:46 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 20 replies · 680+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/22/2009 | Ronald Kessler
    Jewish Leader: Obama May Be 'Most Hostile President to Israel’ "President Barack Obama’s refusal to take a stand on protests in Iran stands in sharp contrast to demands he has made on Israel, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, says in a Newsmax interview. “I think he should take a strong stand to support the protesters in Iran who want to transform that society into one that promotes democracy and human rights,” Klein says. ”But while meddling in Israel’s affairs and making specific demands, he explicitly states he refuses to meddle in Iran’s policies and has said...
  • Have We Seen the Last of the Bear Raids?

    03/26/2009 11:13:07 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 44 replies · 2,017+ views
    WSJ / ^ | March 26, 2009 | Andy Kessler
    So is that it? Is the downturn over? After bouncing off of 6500, or more than half its peak value, and with Citigroup briefly breaking $1, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied back more than 1200 points. So, is it safe to go back in the water? Best to figure out what went wrong first -- what I like to call a bear-raid extraordinaire.The Dow clearly got a boost from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's new and improved plan, announced on Monday, to rid our banks of those nasty toxic assets. The idea is to form a "Public-Private Investment Fund"...
  • Limbaugh: Obama Wants to Punish Those Who Succeed

    03/01/2009 12:27:42 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 54 replies · 1,680+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Ronald Kessler
    President Barack Obama wants to “punish” those who succeed and who helped make America great, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh told a wildly cheering crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday. Limbaugh said Obama and the Democrats are waging an “assault” on capitalism by raising taxes on those who make more than $250,000 and by expanding welfare, limiting deductions on charitable contributions, increasing the deficit and giving the government an expanding role in Americans’ lives. “We can take this country back. All we need is to nominate the right candidate,” he said. Just before he spoke,...
  • 100-Plus Former Ambassadors Endorse McCain

    10/05/2008 9:17:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,230+ views
    NewsMax ^ | October 5, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    More than 100 former American ambassadors are endorsing John McCain and Sarah Palin for president and vice president. To be announced by the McCain campaign later this week, the endorsements counter Barack Obama’s claims that McCain is inflexible when it comes to diplomacy and negotiations with other countries, Newsmax has learned. Obama has specifically said that in contrast to McCain, he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world dictators to negotiate, without preconditions. “Senator Obama does not have sufficient leadership experience, nor has he been tested in difficult times,” said Mark W. Erwin, a Democrat and...
  • The Conscience of Kansas Radio program-Interview Kessler, Spencer

    09/11/2008 4:34:25 AM PDT · by The Conscience of Kansas · 2 replies · 91+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas ^ | 09-09-08 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the "Conscience of Kansas" I interview New York Times bestselling author, Ronald Kessler about his new book, "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack." I also talk to Robert Spencer, director of about his books and articles on terrorism. We talk about his new upcoming November release "Stealth Jihad."
  • Palin Has Transformed the Race By: Ronald Kessler

    09/05/2008 10:35:08 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 150+ views ^ | September 4, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    Palin Has Transformed the Race Thursday, September 4, 2008 11:23 AM As if a light switch had been turned on, John McCain’s decision to add Sarah Palin to the ticket has transformed the race and energized conservatives. After the announcement that Palin would be the Republican vice presidential nominee, $7 million poured into the McCain campaign that same day. “That is the biggest day we have ever had,” Bob Heckman, the McCain campaign’s national conservative outreach director, tells Newsmax. “We’ve had an avalanche of phone calls and e-mails saying they want to volunteer and work with the campaign.” Palin’s acceptance...
  • McCain Shows He Is the Genuine Article By Ronald Kessler

    09/01/2008 11:18:55 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies · 133+ views ^ | August 31, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    McCain Shows He Is the Genuine Article Sunday, August 31, 2008 2:06 PM By: Ronald Kessler ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the Republican National Convention opens here, one thing has become clear: John McCain is both a master politician and genuine. In choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain wooed women voters to his side, lent sparkle to his own persona, and created excitement and media buzz about his candidacy. In selecting a vice presidential candidate with impeccable conservative credentials, he energized conservatives who were lukewarm about his run and now say they will work for him. As Grover...
  • The REAL Obama - Ron Kessler

    07/15/2008 8:17:30 PM PDT · by wingsof liberty · 43 replies · 238+ views
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:56 AM By: Ronald Kessler A close look at Barack Obama's career reveals it has been even more mediocre than generally recognized. Before being elected to the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked as a community organizer and a lawyer in Chicago. In his memoir, Obama says being a community organizer taught him how to motivate the powerless and work the government to help them. His chief example is an effort to remove asbestos from Altgeld Gardens, an all-black public housing project on Chicago’s South Side. But those who were involved in the effort say Obama played...
  • The letter the Wall Street Journal refused to run

    05/05/2008 10:29:02 AM PDT · by · 11 replies · 176+ views ^ | May 2, 2008 | M. Stanton Evans
    From M. Stanton Evans: Herewith a letter sent to The Wall Street Journal a week ago in response to the recent anti-McCarthy article by Ronald Kessler. By way of explanation for the staccato nature of this letter, I was told that I could have 750-800 words to reply to Kessler (whose article ran to 1,059 words). I overran this by 85 words, but even so it's difficult to answer so many misstatements in such a constricted format. It's significant, for instance, that Kessler (falsely) invokes the authority of Willard Edwards to support his attack against McCarthy. I point out that...
  • Obama Distorted Rev. Wright's Background

    04/28/2008 7:12:40 AM PDT · by Aristotelian · 13 replies · 271+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 28, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Barack Obama again fabricated the background of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to try to excuse his longtime pastor’s denunciations of America and of whites. Referring to racial discrimination, violence, and segregation, Obama said Wright “went through experiences that I never went through.” In his speech on race in Philadelphia, Obama made similar claims. He described a “lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family . . .” Obama said this was “the reality in which...
  • The real Rev. Wright

    04/20/2008 8:44:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 357+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 4/20/2008 | Ronald Kessler
    In his speech on race, Sen. Barack Obama tried to explain away his longtime minister's denunciations of America by saying that for blacks of his generation, memories of "humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away." But an examination by of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.'s background reveals that Obama's characterization of his former pastor's upbringing is mythology. Described by Obama as his sounding board and mentor for more than two decades, Wright was born in Philadelphia in 1941. He lived in a racially mixed section called Germantown, which consisted of homes on broad tree-lined streets...
  • Obama Attended Hate America Sermon

    03/18/2008 12:31:14 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 99 replies · 2,788+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 16, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    Clarification: The Obama campaign has told members of the press that Senator Obama was not in church on the day cited, July 22, because he had a speech he gave in Miami at 1:30 PM. Our writer, Jim Davis, says he attended several services at Senator Obama's church during the month of July, including July 22. The church holds services three times every Sunday at 7:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time. While both the early morning and evening service allowed Sen. Obama to attend the service and still give a speech in Miami, Mr. Davis stands by...
  • Obama Attended Hate America Sermon

    03/17/2008 1:11:07 AM PDT · by parousia · 64 replies · 2,215+ views ^ | March 16, 2008 | Ron Kessler
    Juan Williams, a Fox commentator whose book addresses the 'phony leaders and dead end groups that "promote a Culture of Failure and are undermining Black America,” tells Newsmax that Wright’s sermons reflect “the victim mindset that is so self-defeating in the black community and one that is played on by weak black leadership that chooses to have black people identified as victims rather than inspiring them as people who have overcome. In posing as victims, they say the most prejudiced and vicious things, not only about whites but about America. They call it theology. In fact, it’s nothing but bigotry.”...
  • Obama and the Minister

    03/16/2008 1:52:05 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 62 replies · 1,442+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 14, 2008 | RONALD KESSLER
    In a sermon delivered at Howard University, Barack Obama's longtime minister, friend and adviser blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president. The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Mr. Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, gave the sermon at the school's Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington on Jan. 15, 2006. "We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he began. "Racism is alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how...
  • Black Leader: Democratic Party Architect of Racism

    02/25/2008 12:14:51 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies · 596+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 25, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, describes the Democratic Party as the architect of modern day racism. Rice, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and lawyer, says in an interview it was Republicans who pushed through much of the ground-breaking civil rights legislation in Congress. Now, she says, Republicans stand for empowering blacks to help them out of poverty. In contrast, Rice says, the Democrats push to keep blacks dependent on government handouts and encourage them to see themselves as victims...
  • Behind the Scenes With Hillary

    02/09/2008 8:55:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies · 197+ views
    newsmax ^ | Thursday, February 7, 2008 9:39 AM | Ronald Kessler
    Guarding presidential candidates 24 hours a day, Secret Service agents know better than almost anyone what they are really like. Among Secret Service agents, no protectee evokes more disdain than Hillary Clinton. Secret Service agents assigned at various points to guarding Hillary during her campaign for the Senate were dismayed to find her two-faced and perpetually angry. “During the listening tour, she planned ‘impromptu’ visits at diners and local hangouts,” a former Secret Service agent told me for my book “A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush.” [Editor's Note: Get Ronald Kessler's book — go...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • No Terror Attacks Are No Accident

    01/04/2008 7:35:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 79+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, December 31, 2007 | Ronald Kessler
    As we finish another year without a terrorist attack, it’s a good time to think about why. The media and liberal politicians will tell you it’s an accident or a matter of luck. They are dead wrong. The reason we have not been attacked in the more than six years after 9/11 is the hard work of the FBI, the CIA, and our military, and the sweeping changes that have taken place in the intelligence community under George W. Bush. Bush’s proclamation that any country harboring a terrorist will be considered a terrorist country has meant that Arab countries began...
  • Washington Insider with Ronald Kessler:Romney is the Real Deal

    12/27/2007 8:02:59 PM PST · by dixjea · 89 replies · 238+ views ^ | Dec 26, 2007 | Ronald Kessler
    Romney Is the Real Deal Wednesday, December 26, 2007 7:53 AM By: Ronald Kessler Last April, Newsmax magazine ran a cover story headlined, “Romney to the Rescue: Romney’s Got the Right Stuff for 2008.” Based on interviews I conducted with Mitt Romney and his friends, family, and aides, as well as with critics and neutral observers, the profile depicted him as a remarkably successful businessman and conservative governor with impeccable character. Since the Newsmax article appeared nothing has changed. No one has revealed that Romney appointed a close friend as police chief who has since been indicted for dealings involving...
  • Romney Is the Real Deal

    12/26/2007 12:14:06 PM PST · by lady lawyer · 233 replies · 572+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Dec. 26, 2007 | Ronald Kessler
    Last April, Newsmax magazine ran a cover story headlined, “Romney to the Rescue: Romney’s Got the Right Stuff for 2008.” Based on interviews I conducted with Mitt Romney and his friends, family, and aides, as well as with critics and neutral observers, the profile depicted him as a remarkably successful businessman and conservative governor with impeccable character. Since the Newsmax article appeared nothing has changed. No one has revealed that Romney appointed a close friend as police chief who has since been indicted for dealings involving figures with ties to the Mafia, as is the case with Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani...
  • In book, FBI agent says Saddam Hussein cried at last meeting

    WASHINGTON - After confessing to slaughtering 180,000 Kurds and plotting to build a doomsday nuke, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was so upset when his FBI interrogator left for home that he cried like a baby. FBI Special Agent George Piro whipped out two Cuban Cohibas - Saddam's favorite cigar - and they smoked on the patio behind his cell at Baghdad's airport. "When we were saying bye, he started to tear up," Piro recalled in the new book "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack." The self-effacing G-man was hardly surprised - he had spent...
  • Baby Wipes Broke Saddam

    10/29/2007 6:31:31 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 21 replies · 31+ views
    NY Post Page 6 ^ | Oct.29,2007
    SADDAM Hussein was a germiphobe with a fondness for baby wipes and a compulsion to wash his hands, according to George Piro, the Arabic-speaking FBI agent who gained the dictator's trust and secretly debriefed him for seven months before his trial and execution. In his book, "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack" (due Nov. 13), Ronald Kessler reports Piro spent five to seven hours a day with the Iraqi tyrant. "If Saddam had enough baby wipes, he would use them to clean food like apples before he ate them," Kessler told Page Six. "Piro...
  • U.S. Judge Halts Guantanamo Transfer

    10/09/2007 4:01:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 599+ views
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A U.S. federal judge in Washington has blocked the Pentagon from transferring a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Tunisia, where he allegedly faces torture, according to a ruling unsealed Tuesday. Lawyers said the order by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler was an unprecedented direct intervention in the case of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay,
  • Hillary's Nose Is Growing

    09/26/2007 3:22:39 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 21 replies · 476+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:17 AM | Ronald Kessler
    As Hillary Clinton rises in the polls, her nose grows longer and longer. To be sure, she has never had any shame about making stories up out of thin air. After 9/11, Clinton appeared on national TV and claimed that when the two airplanes hit the World Trade Center, her daughter Chelsea was going to jog at Battery Park near the towers, where she heard and saw the catastrophe unfold. Clinton’s arrogance was so profound that she did not coordinate the story with Chelsea, who wrote an article for Talk in which she described what she had been doing that...
  • When Condi went nuclear

    08/30/2007 7:09:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 104 replies · 3,531+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Wednesday, August 29th 2007 | Rush & Molloy
    Condoleezza Rice may be willing to compromise at a Middle East negotiating table - but not at a jewelry counter. Coit Blacker, a Stanford professor who is one of the secretary of state's closest friends, recalls going into a shop where Rice asked to see earrings. The clerk showed her costume jewelry. Rice asked to see something nicer, prompting the clerk to whisper some sass under her breath. Blacker remembers Rice tearing the woman to shreds. "Let's get one thing straight," he recalls her saying. "You are behind the counter because you have to work for minimum wage. I'm on...
  • Mitt Romney Rises to the Top

    05/15/2007 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 94 replies · 1,989+ views ^ | 5/14/07 | Ronald Kessler
    Suddenly, the mainstream media are taking Mitt Romney seriously. "60 Minutes" just featured Romney as its lead story Sunday night. Time magazine has Romney on the cover this week. The Romney campaign is besieged with interview requests. The surge in interest follows Romney's widely perceived "win" in the Republican debate on May 3. A recent New Hampshire poll has Romney leading the GOP pack in the key primary state. "The last couple of weeks have been important for Mitt Romney in terms of enlarging his presence on the national stage," Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's traveling press secretary, tells me. From the...
  • Pincus Tags Fleischer As Leak Source ~

    02/12/2007 2:25:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 57 replies · 1,806+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 12, 2007 at 8:25:6 PST | MATT APUZZO ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer leaked the identity of a CIA operative to Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus during a 2003 phone call, Pincus testified Monday as the first defense witness in the CIA leak trial. Pincus was one of the first reporters to learn the identity of Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and prominent Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson. Pincus said he learned her identity July 12, 2003 but did not immediately write about it. Plame was outed by syndicated columnist Robert Novak two days later. Pincus testified on behalf of Vice...
  • McCain's Out of Control Anger: Does He Have the Temperament to be President?

    07/05/2006 10:36:36 AM PDT · by jubail · 87 replies · 2,129+ views ^ | july 5, 2006 | Ronald Kessler
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is considered a front-runner for the 2008 race, but does McCain have the temperament to be president? As portrayed by the mainstream media, McCain is an engaging war hero, a man of political moderation positioned between the left and the right. But to insiders who know him, McCain has an irrational, explosive side that make many of them question whether he is fit to serve as president and be commander in chief. Nowhere is that sentiment stronger than in the Senate, where McCain has few friends or supporters. In fact, when McCain ran for...
  • "Birth Control Is Selfish" ... The Message Society Doesn't Want To Hear

    05/25/2006 9:14:50 PM PDT · by nrfcmedia · 444 replies · 6,970+ views
    "Birth Control Is Selfish" ... The Message Society Doesn't Want To Hear This past weekend graduates of Saint Thomas University were treated to a surprising speech by 21-year-old graduating student Ben Kessler. Some graduates walked out, many jeered, and others spewed profanities in response to his speech. Just what did he speak of which caused such an outcry? The War in Iraq? Border control? NSA spying? None of the above. So, what exactly did Mr. Kessler do wrong? He touched society's third rail: contraception. Mr. Kessler had the audacity to call the use of birth control "an act of selfishness."...
  • Durbin Blocking Ambassadorship Nomination

    04/13/2006 4:04:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 703+ views
    AP ^ | 4/13/6 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON -- A Democratic senator is blocking Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum's nomination to be ambassador to Australia over allegations he improperly influenced the government's lawsuit against the tobacco industry. In a letter to President Bush, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said it was premature to place McCallum in a new position of trust as long as the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an ethics inquiry into the handling of the tobacco case. Any senator may place a hold on an executive branch nominee, an act that can be overcome with 60 votes. The civil racketeering tobacco...