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  • First un-endorsement -- Sen. Mark Kirk. "I cannot and will not support my party's nominee [tr]

    06/07/2016 1:06:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    AP via Twitter ^ | June 7, 2016 | Erica Werner
    First un-endorsement -- Sen. Mark Kirk. "I cannot and will not support my party's nominee for President."
  • A Choice Not An Echo

    02/16/2016 11:43:19 AM PST · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 11/4/2012 | Bradley J. Birzer
    One of the little known aspects of recent American history is that Russell Kirk served as one of Barry Goldwater's most important intellectual advisors, 1959-1964. The two talked frequently, met frequently, and strategized frequently. In private and public, Goldwater acknowledged Kirk's role a number of times. Only recently, however, did I discover that Kirk wrote a number of speeches for Goldwater. The one that intrigued me most (as Goldwater praised Kirk innumerable times for writing it; Goldwater considered it one of the best speeches he ever delivered) was the talk that Goldwater gave in February 1962. After a very exhausting...
  • Mark Kirk is first Republican senator to call for vote on Garland

    03/19/2016 7:48:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2016 | Mike DeBomis
    Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Friday became the first Republican senator to call for an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, saying on a Chicago radio show that his colleagues ought to “just man up and cast a vote.” That Kirk would be first to break with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP colleagues, who believe the next president should pick the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, is not particularly surprising: Kirk was already one of two Republican senators, with Susan Collins of Maine, to call for hearings.
  • Civilization without Religion?

    02/23/2016 6:37:51 AM PST · by don-o · 19 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Sep 24, 2012 | Russell Kirk
    snip To understand these words "civilization" and "culture," the best book to read is T. S. Eliot's slim volume Notes Towards a Definition of Culture (1948). Once upon a time I commended that book to President Richard Nixon, in a private discussion of modern disorders, as the one book which he ought to read for guidance in his high office. Man is the only creature possessing culture, as distinguished from instinct; and if culture is effaced, so is the distinction between man and the brutes that perish. "Art is man's nature," in Edmund Burke's phrase; and if the human arts,...
  • Why supporting Donald Trump is not a betrayal of "conservatism."

    01/25/2016 6:39:44 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 96 replies
    vanity | 1/25/2016 | myself
    Today we learn from Jim Robinson of a movement afoot to proselytize among the so-called conservatives here to abandon Free Republic. This is but another effort by the supporters of Ted Cruz to squirm out of the Trump's closing in on the Republican nomination, and, perhaps the presidency. If the close is forestalled, and they SCREAM loudly enough in block capital letter that TRUMPIZOIDS ARE INSANE they will see Trump for what he is and the nomination will go to Cruz. They even project idiocies such as Trump's supporters would overlook it if he killed 500 puppies on TV with...
  • Russell Kirk as a Political Theorist

    01/07/2016 8:55:52 AM PST · by don-o · 4 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 11/1/12 | John East
    In Kirk's view the main Roots of modern political theory are found in the spirit of the Renaissance and in the mind of the Enlightenment. He connects the former with "the theological and moral confusion from which our society has suffered since the sixteenth century."[7] More specifically, Kirk explains, "In some ages - the period we call the Renaissance conspicuous among these - the overweening ego claims too much."[8] The problem is essentially one of pride, the most ancient and cardinal of vices and evils: "Man was only a little lower than the angels...having it within his power to become...
  • Burke Not Buckley

    01/03/2016 2:45:18 PM PST · by TBP · 39 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 9, 2013 | CARL T. BOGUS
    Conservatives are engaged in deep introspection these days. As they reconsider their direction, they would do well to look back to the formative period of their movement. They may find something there of great value—something many conservatives think their movement embraced, but in truth rejected. By 1952, liberal candidates had not only captured the last five Democratic presidential nominations but the past five Republican nominations as well. Most observers considered conservatism dead—a philosophy unsuited for modern times. A small number of intellectuals disagreed. They believed that—if redefined—conservatism might be resuscitated. But they passionately disagreed about how it should be redefined....
  • Cruz raves about Star Wars

    01/01/2016 3:26:58 PM PST · by Isara · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the new year by gushing about the new Star Wars movie and his favorite super-hero comic books. "Ever since I was a little kid, I would read comic books and grew up on sci-fi," Cruz said an interview set to air Saturday with "Geek Tank Radio," a show broadcast on a local Memphis radio station. The hosts of the show promised not to ask him any questions about politics, pledging instead to stick to "geek topics." "I'm very much an original Star Trek guy rather than a Next Generation guy," Cruz said, later admitting his...
  • Mark Kirk sides with U.S. Senate Democrats on gun rights (Illinois)

    12/06/2015 7:12:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | Dec 5, 2015
    Saturday, December 05, 2015 ILLINOIS Kirk sides with U.S. Senate Democrats on gun rights WASHINGTON DC - During four crucial votes on Second Amendment issues, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk departed from the Republican majority last week in D.C. Illinois' junior senator chose instead to vote with senior Senator Dick Durbin and the Democrat minority. Kirk was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on the following votes on December 3:
  • 3 GOP Senators oppose clause in ACA repeal bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    12/03/2015 2:58:39 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 37 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | 3 December 2015 | Tamara Rosin
    The latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act contains a provision to strip federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Three Republican Senators want to remove the item, according to The Hill. Republican Senators Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have filed an amendment with Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) that would remove the Planned Parenthood provision from the reconciliation proposal currently on the Senate floor. As is, the repeal bill aims to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and reallocate the money to other community health centers, according to the report. Republican leaders have conveyed confidence they...
  • Fusionism, 60 Years Later

    11/08/2015 3:27:22 PM PST · by TBP · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Who lost the libertarians?” It’s a question you hear a lot from conservatives of late. The reason should be obvious to anyone who has followed the conservative movement’s internecine intellectual frictions over the last decade — or decades. Self-described libertarians are a minority, even among the ranks of people one could properly describe as libertarian. On many, or even most, contentious public-policy issues — economics, gun rights, health care, free speech, regulation, constitutional interpretation — most support for the libertarian position actually comes from people who describe themselves as conservatives. In other words, conservatives tend to be libertarian, but libertarians...
  • The Politics of Star Trek

    09/02/2015 5:26:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 116 replies
    Claremont.org ^ | 08/25/2015 | Timothy Sandefur
    Leonard Nimoy’s death in February brought to a close his unusual career continually playing a single role for half a century. Between 1966, when the television show Star Trek premiered, and 2013, when the movie Star Trek Into Darkness hit the screens, Nimoy portrayed the franchise’s beloved first officer, Mr. Spock, in two TV series and eight films. As he acknowledged, the key to Star Trek’s longevity and cultural penetration was its seriousness of purpose, originally inspired by creator Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction vision. Modeled on Gulliver’s Travels, the series was meant as an opportunity for social commentary, and it...
  • Victory and Defeat - When it's in Your Hands... and Mark Kirk's

    08/05/2015 12:20:14 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 60 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 5, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections – and a bit of a primer – on Illinois’ next U.S. Senate race… Parties sometimes get a bum rap. Oh, not always; there’s a lot that political parties do that makes them deserve everything said about them. The Democratic Party, for example, is now so uniformly socialist that, when asked on-camera to list any differences between a modern Democrat and a socialist, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D, FL) was unable to identify any. The Republican Party isn’t that easy to categorize. The GOP is the only major party to the right of the Democrats, so it basically...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was probably a Republican

    07/24/2015 10:38:00 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 121 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Benjamin Landy
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered some surprisingly strong opinions on the politics of “Star Trek” in an interview published Thursday in The New York Times Magazine, arguing “it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.” “Let me do a little psychoanalysis,” Cruz says when asked about the fictional space captains from the landmark 1960s television series and its ”Next Generation” follow-up, which aired some 30 years later. “If you look at ‘’Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ it basically split James T. Kirk into two people. Picard was Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was...
  • Andrea Zopp Decides To Run For Kirk's Senate Seat

    05/15/2015 4:48:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Updated at 12:19 PM CDT on Friday, May 15, 2015 Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate. "Yes. I'm running," the Chicago Urban League president and CEO confirmed to Ward Room on Friday. Zopp said she will challenge Sen. Mark Kirk in next year's election and plans to make a formal announcement in the next couple weeks. During an interview last month with NBC 5, Zopp said she can "really bring something to the race." From Harvard Law School, she became the first deputy at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, a corporate lawyer...
  • GOP Goes Ballistic Over Plan to Take The Iran Nuke Deal to the U.N.

    03/12/2015 7:40:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 12, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The latest move in the nuclear negotiations with Iran could be to take them to the United Nations. And that will trigger a Republican hatefest for the ages.The Obama administration hinted Thursday that it may take elements of an Iranian nuclear deal to the United Nations -- while bypassing Congress for now. And that possibility has turned an already ugly political fight over the negotiations even nastier. In one scenario floated this week, the White House would not immediately put aspects of an Iran deal up for a vote in Congress. Instead, the Obama administration would take aspects of the...
  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Mark Kirk: ‘Hell of a wrongful death suit’

    07/18/2014 9:47:56 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/18/14 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is calling for a wrongful death lawsuit against Russian assets on Friday after a commercial airline crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. “I want to hear [during President Barack Obama’s speech today] that the Department of Justice will bring one hell of a wrongful death suit against Russian assets that are located in the United States to make sure there’s a significant cost paid by Russia for this action of shooting down an international airliner with a weapon system that is directly related to the Russian armed forces,” Kirk said on CNN.
  • The Modern Freedom Movement, 1940-2014

    06/03/2014 9:15:11 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 14 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | June 2, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    It began in the early 1940s. FDR had launched the New Deal’s collectivization of America, and a small but prescient group of libertarian and conservative intellectuals were in rebellion – such thinkers as Richard Weaver, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, John T. Flynn, Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand, to be followed a decade later by the likes of Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer, and Murray Rothbard. Out of their cerebral and activist efforts there began the movement to repeal the overweening statism that was infiltrating America from Europe via Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. The infamous year...
  • Russell Kirk and The Making of The Conservative Mind

    05/27/2014 7:14:34 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 2014 | Henry Regnery
    The critic of his time must accept the risk of being accused of negativism, but he can console himself with the knowledge that serious criticism has its source in a definite position with its own standards, values and objectives. By the 1950′s, with the work of such men as Albert J. Nock, T. S. Eliot, Richard Weaver and Eliseo Vivas, among many others, the criticism of liberalism had grown into a substantial literature; what was lacking was a point of view, or attitude, movement together and give it coherence and identity. It was the great achievement, one can say historic...
  • Exclusive video: Bryan Kemper about what happens when he wears pro-life t-shirts on airplanes

    05/20/2014 10:33:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an era where political opinions that are not politically correct can get you blacklisted or worse, Bryan Kemper isn’t afraid to be visibly and outspokenly pro-life. Earlier this month, the activist – who heads up Stand True, the youth outreach for Priests for Life – proved it when he wound up sitting next to "pro-choice" U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, R-IL, on an airplane and used the opportunity to talk to the senator about abortion. LifeSiteNews caught up with Kemper last week to talk to him about the experience, and to ask him...
  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says he’s not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. “I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois.” And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • Two Senators Preparing New Iran Sanctions

    12/10/2013 12:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Lawmakers in the United States continue to show determination in passing new sanctions on Iran, despite the nuclear deal that was reached with it several weeks ago. Reuters reported on Monday that two senators are preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic in six months if the interim deal on its nuclear program goes nowhere. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk are close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran's remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, their aides said on Monday, according to...
  • Kirk-Manchin bill the right medicine for ObamaCare debacle

    11/14/2013 9:18:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/14/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) are introducing legislation to suspend penalty fees for one year if individual U.S. citizens do not register for healthcare coverage. This remarkable bipartisan effort is a broadly worded bill that will appeal to both sides of the aisle, now deeply riven by the failed Obamacare initiative. “No individual or family should be penalized while the problems in new healthcare exchanges are being addressed,” is a key finding in the Kirk-Manchin proposal. This outstanding bipartisan effort would eliminate the $95 (or 1%) penalty slated to take effect in 2014 under current law...
  • Kerry’s ‘emotional appeal’ against sanctions flops (told Senators to ignore Israelis)

    11/13/2013 9:49:40 PM PST · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 14, 2013, 2:34 am
    Republican senator reportedly calls presentation on Iran talks ‘anti-Israeli’; aide says Kerry told senators to ignore Israelis Republicans were left unconvinced after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s closed-door presentation to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, which was aimed at delaying a new round of sanctions against Iran. “It was an emotional appeal,” committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker said, according to the US-based media outlet BuzzFeed. “I have to tell you I was very disappointed in the presentation.” He said that the briefings by Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman provided...
  • Durbin recieves support from Kirk, McCain

    10/28/2013 8:59:26 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    WLSAM ^ | 10-28-13
    "llinois Senator Dick Durbin is talking about the flap over his claim that a leading House Republican told President Barack Obama he couldn't stand to look at his face, and Durbin got some help dealing with it from an unexpected source."
  • McCain and Durbin are in Chicago together

    10/28/2013 7:25:12 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 22 replies
    Vanity | 10.28.13 | Self
    I just heard on WLS that McCain is in Chicago to stump for Durbin. And Kirk has good things about Durbin as well. What a nice thing!
  • No Conservatism Without a Religious Foundation

    10/18/2013 8:33:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | October 18, 2013 | Russell Kirk
    Not all religious people are conservatives; and not all conservatives are religious people. Christianity prescribes no especial form of politics. There have been famous radicals who were devout Christians—though most radicals have been nothing of the sort. All the same, there could be no conservatism without a religious foundation, and it is conservative people, by and large, who defend religion in our time. Lord Hailsham, a talented English conservative of this century, in his little book The Case for Conservatism, remarks, “There is nothing I despise more than a politician who seeks to sell his politics by preaching religion, unless...
  • Russell Kirk on Social Justice, 1954

    09/03/2013 11:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Bradley J. Birzer
    In the early to mid 1950s, especially after publishing The Conservative Mind, Kirk began to develop his own own three pillars of a good society, “Order, Justice, and Freedom” as he would frequently put it in the 1970s and 1980s. In this 1954 article (excerpts below), published in the University of Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Kirk–fully within the Christian Humanist tradition–considered the virtue of Justice from a classical as well as a Christian perspective. Harmony, not contention, brought together the two traditions. Only a true Justice–the recognition of “giving each man his due”–would allow the flourishing of a well-ordered...
  • Tea party groups to target skeptical GOP senators on defunding Obamacare

    08/19/2013 10:15:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    A pair of tea party groups is teaming up to pressure key Republicans to support an effort to defund Obamacare. Tea Party Patriots and the grassroots group For America are launching online ads against a dozen GOP senators who either oppose the effort or haven’t announced a position. Along with the ads, leaders of the groups will embark on a six-state, five-day “Exempt America” tour (the idea being that the American people should be exempt from Obamacare) that will bring them to the home states of several of these senators. Update 12:01 p.m.: The conservative group Heritage Action is also...
  • The Essence of Conservatism

    08/17/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    A conservative is not, by definition, a selfish or a stupid person; instead, he is a person who believes there is something in our life worth saving. Conservatism, indeed, is a word with an old and honorable meaning—but a meaning almost forgotten by Americans until recent years. Abraham Lincoln wished to be known as a conservative. “What is conservatism?” he said. “Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?” It is that; and it is also a body of ethical and social beliefs. The word “liberalism,” however, has been in favor among us for...
  • LGBT non-discrimination act clears Senate committee (with RINO support)

    07/10/2013 10:51:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-10-2013
    Wednesday morning, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions approved the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, as it’s commonly referred to. The bill prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was first considered by the committee in 2002 and was the subject of hearings in 2009 and 2012. Three Republicans, Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Ark.) and the bill’s original co-sponsor, Mark Kirk (Ill.) joined 12 Democrats to quickly approve what committee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called “historic legislation.” In his statement, Harkin reiterated the main points of the bill, stressing that...
  • The Stories They Told

    06/25/2013 9:07:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | 6/25/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans (and red state Democrats) used to tell voters amazing things about their opposition to amnesty. Then they got elected and supported legislation that actually weakens border security and puts people on a path not just to legalization, but to citizenship, before ever securing our borders. 1. Rubio: “I would vote against anything that grants amnesty because I think it destroys your ability to enforce the existing law and I think it’s unfair to the people who are standing in line and waiting to come in legally. I would vote against anything that has amnesty in it.” 2. Corker: “We...
  • Captain James A Kirk, Commander of the USS USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

    06/13/2013 7:41:26 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Americas Navy ^ | 6/13/2013 | Americas Navy
    Captain Kirk is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served in a variety of afloat and ashore billets as a Surface Warfare Officer. He has served afloat on destroyers, cruisers, frigates and staffs including USS Fife (DD 991), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Hue City (CG 66), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), and as a Gas Turbine Inspector on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet. His most recent sea duty includes command of USS De Wert (FFG 45) and Operations Officer...
  • Kirk Douglas Wants Gun Control

    06/06/2013 9:52:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 90 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 6-6-2013 | Lauren Enk
    Yet another famous Hollywood face is pushing for gun control. “I cannot understand the people who are against some form of gun control,” insisted legendary actor Kirk Douglas on the Huffington Post yesterday. “America’s cowboy days are over,” wrote the 96-year-old Douglas. Mentioning that “some crazy fan” had given him an engraved gun, Douglas, who often played cowboys, announced unhappily that America has “become a cowboy country with too many guns.” “That frightens me,” Douglas declared. Douglas concluded by suggesting that anti-gun-control advocates are only “interested in making more money for the gun manufacturers” – or worse, “just want to...
  • Kirk to Holder: Is DOJ spying on Congress? (& SCOTUS?)

    06/06/2013 9:34:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 186 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6 | Joel Gehrke
    “With all due respect, Senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss [this issue],” Holder replied during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., asked if the executive branch was conducting surveillance that would give “unique leverage” over lawmakers. Kirk replied that “the correct answer would be no, we stayed within our lane, and we did not spy on Members of Congress.” Holder assured Kirk that “there is no intention to do anything of that nature — that is, to spy on Members of Congress or to spy on the Supreme Court.”
  • Art Imitating Life: Benghazi, Obama, and Kirk Douglas

    05/23/2013 7:26:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5-23-2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Talk about art imitating life. I landed upon a classic movie while surfing TV channels. Kirk Douglas played a down-on-his-luck news reporter. When I began watching the movie, a man named Leo was trapped in a collapsed cave. Douglas managed to crawl within a few feet of Leo and was chatting with Leo, assuring the scared man that he would be rescued ASAP. But secretly, Douglas had other plans. Keeping Leo trapped for at least seven days could revive Douglas's career. He had exclusive access to Leo. Writing daily updates could produce tremendous financial rewards; it could land Douglas a...
  • Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks

    03/05/2013 5:52:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mar 5, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks By Alexander Bolton - 03/05/13 The centerpiece of President Obama’s gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales. With time running out for talks, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) remains optimistic about reaching an agreement. But gun control proponents have grown skeptical about whether Schumer’s main Republican counterpart, Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), is acting in good faith. Schumer argues — and gun control groups agree — that records must be kept...
  • Obama's Quiet Ally: Who's Behind Gun Control Bill No One Is Talking About - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), IL

    02/16/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Guarino
    Obama's quiet ally: Who's behind gun control bill no one is talking about As President Obama comes to Chicago to talk gun control, Illinois' Republican senator, Mark Kirk, is pushing a bill to target gun trafficking. It's under the radar, but could have a greater impact than other bills. As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say. Senator Kirk and...
  • Kirk working on bipartisan gun control bill

    01/25/2013 7:43:20 AM PST · by dragonblustar · 15 replies
    Daily Harold ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), second from left, who participated in a clinical walking trial at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago following a massive stroke in January 2012, acknowledges the crowd of well-wishers as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), center, and Dick Durbin (D-IL), right, walk with him up the Capitol building steps in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk hopes his recovery will serve as an inspiration to the millions of Americans recovering from stroke.
  • (RINO) Kirk working on bipartisan gun control bill

    01/25/2013 5:02:34 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, newly returned to Congress after suffering a stroke, is becoming a central figure in the Senate's gun control debate. An aide in Kirk's office has confirmed that the Highland Park Republican is working with two Democrats to draft bipartisan gun control legislation. One of those is Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, with whom Kirk is working on legislation to crack down on gun trafficking. "Proud to partner w/@Senator Kirk to introduce the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act next week — common sense, bipartisan gun safety reform," Gillibrand, of New Brunswick, tweeted Thursday.
  • Continued Update On Senator Kirk's Recovery

    08/06/2012 11:33:43 AM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-3-12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) reveals the progress that he has made in his recovery after suffering an ischemic stroke in January. Sen. Kirk recently completed a 9-week mobility study at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he worked tirelessly to improve his walking, speech, and mobility. During the course of the study, Sen. Kirk walked a total of 14.79 miles and climbed 145 flights of stairs.
  • Shatner drops pants at L.A. airport

    06/29/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by PT57A · 87 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 28, 2012
    Star Trek legend William Shatner was left nursing a bruised ego when his trousers fell down during an airport security check in front of dozens of fellow travellers.
  • Senator Kirk: "I want to thank everyone for the patience and support they are giving me to recover"

    05/08/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Sen. Mark Kirk website ^ | 5/8/12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    oday U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a video outlining the progress of his recovery after suffering from an ischemic stroke in January and expressed his deep gratitude to the people of Illinois for allowing him the time he needs to recover. "I want to thank everyone especially for the patience they have given me to recover from a big stroke," said Kirk. "[And also] to the people of Illinois for granting me the honor to represent them in the United States Senate. I cannot wait to get back to work to vote to spend less, borrow less and tax...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk now home — three months after stroke

    05/03/2012 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/3/2012 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January, has gone home. Kirk (R-Ill.), 52, had been hospitalized since he first suffered stroke symptoms on Jan. 21. Since February, he has been at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his doctors said he has made steady progress and will be involved in a research project that involves more field rehabilitation than normal. Though he will be spending nights at the homes of “various relatives,” his staff said, he will be reporting by day to the RIC to continue his rehab. A lift has been installed on the stairs at...
  • Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

    03/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 83 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/12/20152 | Alex Knapp
    Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again. (Image via Wikipedia) Kirk’s success was no...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk(R) hospitalized after suffering stroke

    01/23/2012 9:21:38 AM PST · by GonzoGOP · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/23/2012 | Chicago Tribune
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was hospitalized with a stroke over the weekend and underwent surgery today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, his office said. Kirk, 52, captured President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat in a close 2010 election against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.
  • Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016?

    01/14/2012 10:47:10 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 2+ views
    TheDC ^ | January 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    In November 2016, Illinois voters will go to the polls to decide who they want to occupy the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. And although it is a long way off, could one of the names on the ticket be first lady Michelle Obama? At the end of this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” show host John McLaughlin made that bold prediction, saying a Michelle Obama run for the seat her husband won in 2004 would happen. “Michelle Obama will run for the United States Senate in 2016 and she will be thereby mimicking,...
  • MUST WATCH: C-Span Kirk (R-IL) Exposes Obama's $100B Plus $260 Billon Social Security Trust Fund Cut

    12/11/2011 4:57:57 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 21 replies · 1+ views
    C-Span.org NewsMakers ^ | Sunday, December 11, 2011 | Senator Mark Kirk
    Just go to this link (http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senator-Mark-Kirk-R-IL/10737426166-1/) and watch it.